The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) calculates that 11.3m working days were lost in 2013-2014 due to employee stress, depression or anxiety. According to a survey by Unison in 2013, over 70 per cent of local government employees say stress is affecting how well they can do their jobs.
Amongst local government employees it is not surprising that stress is a major issue when staff morale has been damaged by cuts and employees are being asked to do more with fewer resources. "Layoffs" and "budget cuts" have unfortunately become bywords in the workplace, and the result is increased fear, uncertainty and higher levels of stress. Read more.
This article was first published in Local Government Executive on Friday 27 February 2015.