National Stress Awareness Month is drawing to a close but what can employers do to maintain awareness and reduce stress in the workplace year-round?

Time and again research has revealed the correlation between stress and absences at work. In fact, a study from Group Risk Development (GRiD), revealed that 27% of employers believe work-related stress contributes to a higher than average absence.

Other reasons given for higher absence rates included dealing with staff shortages (29%), poor work/life balance (20%) and low morale (19%).

Employers are also recognise that not having health and wellbeing initiatives in place only exacerbated staff absences as 22% said that not having health and wellbeing initiatives in place was the reason for having worse absence than others in their industry, and 14% said not having income protection in place was a reason for worse absence.

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