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Absence Special: Stress - in the grip of it

19 May 2008

Absence Special: Stress - in the grip of it

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Stress continues to be the biggest cause of workplace absence.  What practical measures can HR take to rehabilitate sick staff, and prevent stress taking over?  Sally O'Reilly reports.

The CBI/AXA annual absence survey, released last week, found that non work-related stress, anxiety and depression was the most common cause of long-term absence.  Government guidelines on how to manage it and a growing pile of evidence on tackling stress have not solved the problem.

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