Most companies carry out basic health and safety training but managers are rarely trained to be aware of the signs of employee stress. Having found a problem, they need to know how they can support a person who is at risk before they start taking valuable time off. Additionally, companies must create a culture that allows employees to say when they are under stress without being victimised for doing so.
Construction is booming thanks to government PFI schemes and a huge demand for housebuilding, but suffering from an insufficient supply of labour.
Can any successful company risk a possible court case and huge damages for not providing the training that could identify and support stress in the workplace? Can any of us risk gaining a reputation that could affect the recruitment of the skilled people we need in order to take advantage of the current market?
Tony Willson, Partners for Training Management, via email.