Employers must make the effort to effectively prevent and manage stress within their workplace if they are to avoid grievance or personal injury compensation claims in the post-recession period.
That is according to a new guide launched by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - which has around 135,000 members - along with Acas, the Health and Safety Executive and the Health, Work and Wellbeing programme.
In the document - entitled Work-related stress: What the law says that was published earlier this week (September 20th) - there are cases detailed whereby organisations have faced significant claims for damages from members of staff after they had not dealt with issues of stress properly.
The paper advises employers on how they can avoid such problems and states that good people management skills are essential in the UK business environment following the global economic downturn.
Ben Willmot, senior public policy adviser at the CIPD, said that "costly personal injury claims, as well as damage to their employer brand" are the possible by-products of a company failing to take care of their employees' mental wellbeing.
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Posted by Richard Saunders