April marks stress awareness month and a new report from CIPD and Simply Health published shows that a rise in stress is linked to poor management.
The research, which surveyed 1,078 organisations across the UK referencing 3.2 million employees shows that stress is a growing problem, and 37 per cent of UK businesses have seen an increase in stress-related absence.
The report shows the top three causes of stress related absence are:
- 62 per cent - workloads/volume of work
- 43 per cent - management style
- 30 per cent – relationships at work.
The report also reveals that many managers aren’t receiving the training they need to spot and help manage these unhealthy practices among their staff, with only 50 percent of managers undergone training to support their staff to better manage stress.
More worryingly, many senior leaders haven’t done enough to get managers to buy into the importance of wellbeing and fewer than a third say that senior leaders encourage a focus on mental wellbeing through their actions and behaviours.
In response to the report’s findings, the CIPD is calling for senior leaders to prioritise wellness at work and encouraging greater investment in health and wellbeing by training managers, so they are confident and competent to support staff.
For more on stress awareness read the opinion piece from Sue Covill, Director of Development and Employment, NHS Employers on how to stay mentally well in the workplace.
Take a look at our supporting line managers and stress and its impact on the workplace web pages.