Slater and Gordon Lawyers can assist if you believe you are suffering from stress at work and want legal advice on your next move. To speak with an Employment Solicitor call freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online and we will call you. We will discuss our fee structure during the initial call.
Our Employment Solicitors know that most people suffering from stress at work would not be comfortable telling their employer about it. Many of our clients, including those in senior management positions, say that admitting they are not coping with work related stress would have a negative impact on their careers.
Many people do not believe there is adequate support from their employer to cope with stress at work, despite the fact there may be a legal requirements for companies to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate an employee at work with depression and other psychiatric conditions, and that it is a legal requirement for companies to undertake risk assessments and to minimise the risk of stress-induced illness or injury to employees.
For an overview of the issues surrounding claims based on stress caused in the workplace, see our free expert guide about Occupational Stress.
Call our Employment Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online and we will call you.
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Stress at Work - Legal Requirements for Employers
Where an employee has a condition such as depression, whether or not brought on by stress at work, the employer may be under a duty to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate that condition. Depending on the circumstances, adjustments might include:
- reallocation of excessive work
- extra supervision or support
- reducing working hours
- confidential counselling.
It can be particularly important to consider reasonable adjustments if an adjustment would allow you to return to work.
An employer that does not take action to manage the effects of stress on its employees creates the risk of stress at work compensation claims being brought against them. Employers should consider, and be seen to consider, the impact of stress on staff in their workplace. This might include:
- Carrying out a stress at work audit and asking employees to list their concerns in respect of stress at work.
- Using return to work interviews after sickness absence, performance appraisals and employee surveys to identify any underlying stress-related reason for absence or poor performance.
- Training of managers to recognise situations likely to cause stress in the workplace, and to identify the symptoms of stress, and how to manage employee stress levels.
- Creating a stress at work policy. The policy should make it clear that this is an issue that the employer takes seriously, and give employees guidance as to how to deal with the effects of stress at work, and how to raise these concerns within the workplace.
- Creating a stress and anti-bullying and harassment policy. The policy should this make clear bullying is a significant cause of stress and emphasise that confidentiality is an important part of the procedures provided under the policy.
Stress at Work Survey by Slater and Gordon Lawyers
In July 2014, Employment Solicitors at Slater and Gordon published the results of a stress at work survey which revealed some alarming statistics:
Over 90% of people suffered from stress at work with more than 50% saying it was so bad they suffered insomnia, around 40% suffering with anxiety and one in six suffering panic attacks.
The majority of people suffer physical symptoms of stress at work, 58% lose sleep, 43% get headaches, 15% suffer panic attacks and only 8% say they suffer no physical effects at all from workplace stress.
More than 65% admit stress has caused them to underperform at work.
One in seven people said they had turned to alcohol to cope with the stress they have been suffering at work, while two thirds have considered quitting their jobs because of stress.
Only 10% of the people interviewed said their work was stress-free, while 50% said their work causes them stress.
Causes of workplace stress include being given too much work (39%), unrealistic deadlines (32%), working more hours than contracted (20%), undue scrutiny or micromanagement (17%) and harassment by bosses or colleagues (16%).
For legal advice on stress at work call our Employment Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online and we will call you.
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