Workers benefit from psychological support

Improving access to psychological support could be one way managers are able to ensure the stress levels of their employees do not get too high, it has been claimed. Kevin Friery, clinical director at Right Corecare - a provider of worker assistance programmes - said people should be allowed to develop their emotional side along with their job-specific skills.

Mr Friery was speaking in response to a new survey from Chartered Management Institute, which found 39 per cent of employees in the UK believe they are too stressed - with their bosses partly to blame.

The industry figure stated: "You need a rounded employee - you need somebody who can actually do the job but who can also psychologically cope with the pressure of being an employee."

Managers need to be setting up programmes and services that teach people how to be resilient and provide them with the necessary skills to carry on this way, he added.

Peter Hudson, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "Many employers underestimate the level of psychological resilience necessary to perform demanding work roles.

"Workers often lack the skills to enable them to develop resilience; the results can involve employees feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. Including training in developing resilience as part of an employee's induction programme should be seen as standard practice."