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Employees need more support to manage stressful issues

Recent research has found that employers are failing to provide employees with guidance on company policy for dealing with stressful HR issues at work, risking both costly periods of employee absence, and in extreme cases, potential legal action.

The study, by Canada Life Group Insurance, found that almost two-thirds (64%) of employees feel they have been left without official advice or support on how to handle sexism in the workplace, while less than half (45%) have received guidance on dealing with racism. Both of these issues have the potential to escalate into extremely damaging litigation for employers, while causing significant stress for employees.

Similarly, 70% of employees do not know their employer’s official procedure for dealing with unwanted sexual advances from colleagues – with women more likely to feel unsure (73%) than men (64%).

Just a fifth (22%) of employees claim to have been given official guidance on how to cope with workplace stress, despite the fact that it is a leading cause of employee absence. Upon encountering stressful situations at work, over half (52%) have taken time off sick due to problems caused by their colleagues or workload – and a worrying one in ten (10%) have called in sick because of perceived bullying in the workplace.

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