At a time of low job security, workers are more stressed out than ever. This is not only pushing up stress-related sick leave, but causing people to turn up for work while ill to avoid being targeted for redundancy. Workload and management styles are being blamed.
Line managers need to focus on regaining the trust of their employees and openly communicating throughout the change process to avoid unnecessary stress and potential absences. They also need to be able to spot the early signs of people being under excessive pressure or having difficulty coping at work and to provide appropriate support."