Expert Comments on dealing with work place stress.
From a management/HR point of view, it may well be worth an investment of time to deal with the factors, or underlying causes of stress, before the employee under performs or takes time off due to stress.
If you have an underperforming employee or an employee who has a poor absence record we would recommend that action is taken to deal with the problem at an early stage, rather than let the problem continue. It is only when the problem is addressed that solutions can be found. We recommend that you have a robust absence management policy in place so that you can deal with employees consistently and fairly.
You should, however, be conscious that depending upon the employee’s individual circumstances, they may fall within the definition of a disabled person under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. If the employee has “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day to day activities”, then there is a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments.
The website below provides useful information to managers, human resources personnel and individuals. If lost productivity due to stress is a concern for your business you may wish to have a look at the website.
Should you require advice and assistance in relation to any of the above issues, Just Employment Law Ltd would be pleased to assist.