Stress is not recognised in small businesses
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...one in four (27 per cent) would discuss an employee’s health, sparking concern that employers do not feel well-equipped to tackle these trickier, personal conversations.
“Stress is a huge issue for small businesses, with owners and employees alike often taking on multiple roles and committing massive emotional investment into the business," Tony Wood, Sales and Marketing Director at Bupa said.
"The pace at which many small businesses have to work, especially in a struggling economy, means that health can be overlooked in the drive to get things done. It’s never easy to tackle personal issues with employees, but a workplace environment that champions open lines of communication can prevent issues from snowballing.
"A big challenge is addressing the stigma often attached to any form of mental illness, particularly in an economic environment where there is uncertainty on job security."
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