Local authority HR unprepared for stress threat

first_img Comments are closed. Local authority HR unprepared for stress threatOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Two-thirds of local government HR professionals believe they do not have theknowledge and skills to help their authorities reduce stress in the workplace. This is a key finding in a survey carried out by Zurich Municipal which alsoreveals that nearly four out of 10 respondents expect the number ofstress-related compensation claims to rise. This is despite a Court of Appealruling earlier this year which was expected to make such claims easier todefend. Following the ruling, the Appeals Court issued guidelines that statestressed staff must raise the issue with their employer before resorting tolegal action. It also states that employers offering confidential counsellingservices to staff are unlikely to be found guilty in stress compensationclaims. One in six of the 50 HR professionals surveyed by Zurich Municipal thinkliability for work-related stress is the most important employment law issuefacing employers. Francesca Okosi, president of the Society of Personnel Officers in LocalGovernment, said she was concerned by the findings. “The ruling recommendations can help manage the issue of stress, butrisk assessments, correct procedures and follow-ups are all key elements ineliminating workplace stress and form the basis of a healthy workingenvironment,” she said. “But it is concerning that a significant proportion of respondentsdidn’t think their authorities had the structures in place to deal withstress.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more