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Tackling rising stress levels in the public sector

04 March 2011

Tackling rising stress levels in the public sector

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Staff anxiety levels are rising in the public sector but line managers can act as the first line of defence against crisis, says Anne Payne.
 
Public sector line managers have a vital role to play in identifying and acting on the early warning signals displayed by an employee entering into crisis.

If the £11bn worth of cuts to public spending announced in last year's emergency budget felt painful, it's no surprise that anxiety across the sector is set to reach an all time high when responsibility for delivering the remaining £81bn in cost savings comes into effect with the new financial year this April.

The cold chill of austerity has penetrated all but a few, with employees already unsettled by the prospect of unemployment and now also struggling to cope with increased workloads, more intense performance management targets and having to reapply for roles.

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