Charlotte Ashton, our senior solicitor, provides some areas for employers to think about when it comes to supporting their teams...
While the data shows that cases of work-related stress were on the increase prior to the emergence of Covid-19, the report also found the effects of the pandemic to be a major contributory factor to such illnesses.
Employers have a duty to their employees to ensure their health and safety at work, which includes safeguarding their mental health. They should, therefore, be considering such factors when carrying out risk assessments — especially when it comes to common causes of stress at work including workload and management style.
The HSE has Management Standards for work-related stress that sets out six areas which, if not properly managed, are associated with poor health and wellbeing. These are: demands, control, support, relationships, role and change. Employers should familiarise themselves with these standards and ensure they use such an approach.
Other practical steps an employer can take include:
Unfortunately, it seems inevitable that stress at work cases will continue to rise and, particularly in a tricky recruitment climate, those employers who pay more than just lip service to protecting the mental health of employees will be better placed to prosper.
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Senior Solicitor – Head of Immigration, ESP Law Ltd
Charlotte has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of employment law, having qualified as a solicitor in 2009. She trained in-house with a large UK company, covering 45,000 employees, and moved to private practice on qualification. Charlotte enjoys helping growing companies understand their legal obligations and has given training and presentations to start up entrepreneurs, and business students, at a local University. Charlotte also specialises in business immigration law for the UK and has helped employers obtain sponsor licences in order to recruit from outside the UK.