Understand the importance of stress awareness

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Businesses need to ensure staff are aware of the dangers of stress (image credit: iStock/high-number)

Businesses of all sizes need to better understand the considerable damage that can be caused by a failure to promote mental health awareness.

Members of staff are a company's most important resource and ensuring individuals at all levels of a business are being given the necessary support and understanding to maintain a healthy work-life balance at all times should be a top priority.

That said, new research published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has revealed how stress and anxiety remain a significant factor for millions of people - with individuals who have been unemployed in their adult life twice as likely to suffer from this conditions.

Furthermore, stress continues to be one of the most common causes of workplace absence across the UK.

Responding to the report, Matthew Judge, technical director for Jelf Employee Benefits, stated: "Stress can be difficult to identify but when it's one of the biggest causes of absence it cannot be ignored.

"April's Stress Awareness month is a great time for employers to look again at their health and protection policies and make sure they’re making full use of all the support available and their staff know about it."

Running from April 1st to 30th, Stress Awareness Month 2016 is being supported by businesses and organisations across the length and breadth of the UK and beyond.

First launched in 1992 and having been held every year since, this month represents a perfect opportunity for company leaders to place stress awareness at the heart of their corporate policies.