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Staff don't talk to their manager when they feel stressed at work

David Woods , 23 Feb 2009

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Less than a third (30%) of employees would discuss the stresses of their job with their manager.

According to Aon Consulting, who carried out the survey of 1,200 working adults, this means employers are unlikely to be aware of the stress levels of their staff. Less than one in 10 (9%) said they would use company doctors and only 11% would use an employer-provided confidential helpline.

While 34% of employees said they would discuss their stress levels with a colleague the most popular choices of confidant were their GP (53%), a friend (51%), or a family member (50%).

Alex Bennett, head of healthcare consulting at Aon Consulting, said: "It is amazing that even with the mounting pressure and stress, workers are not talking more to the people that can help, be this their manager or health professionals employed to support them.

"Managers need to be mindful of the stresses facing their employees and take an active role in managing this health issue. It is clear stress is not easily recognised at work and hence employers need to do all they can to look for the signs by examining sickness absence data and accessing the clinical resources and professionals at their disposal to ensure employees are given the necessary support to prevent stress leading to long-term absence."

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