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Stress: 'The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed upon them.' (Health and Safety Executive - HSE)

2nd July 2010

A word which is frequently used and often misunderstood, stress appears to be a part of modern life. Whether stress is the result of an employees personal or working life, it has the potential to impact on their personality, productivity and performance.

Here we take a quick look at some of the key factors concerning stress:

  • Research from the HSE highlights stress has the potential to become the biggest risk for business in the early 21st century.


  • Employers are increasingly concerned with the impact of stress in the workplace. Recent Employee Benefits research shows over 30% of those surveyed offer legal advice and counselling services to employees.

  • It is an employer's responsibility to provide a safe place to work which includes both physical and mental safety.

  • Stress itself is not a recognised clinical condition but the effects of stress can be. The result of unresolved stress can include depression, diabetes or digestive problems.

  • An illness resulting from stress can be a disability protected by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

  • Employers have a duty of care to their employees and if they fail or breach that duty and an employee suffers a foreseeable loss, an employer can be liable.

  • An employer, whilst not responsible for an employee's personal stress, will be affected by any resultant absence from work.

For all employers, the need to support employees increasingly incorporates both the personal and professional lives of their staff. From experience, a call to us at Law Express can help to resolve some of the issues which are causing stress thereby improving workplace performance. Should you wish to discuss the issues of this publication (or are stressed by its contents) please do not hesitate to call us on 08700 434 284.

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