Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Britons afraid to confess the truth when sick leave is stress-induced

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November 3, 2010, LONDON, England:

Millions of British workers feel forced to lie to their bosses about having to take stress-induced sick leave, a new study has found.

The mental health charity Mind said the findings prove that talking about workplace pressures remains a huge taboo.

The survey found that one in five workers has called in sick for stress-related reasons, yet the vast majority calling in (93 percent) lied to their boss about the real reason for their absence.

However, 70 percent said they wanted to be able to discuss stress with their employers, and one-third want their boss to make the first move and approach them directly when they are showing signs of strain.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said stress problems that aren’t addressed can quickly snowball into low morale, low productivity and high levels of sick leave. “We’d urge employers to encourage a culture of openness at work so they can solve problems now, rather than storing up problems for the future,” he said.

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Article © 2011 Bipolar Disorder Magazine

Contributed by Lora M. Dziemiela, Program Secretary

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