Legal and General highlights workplace stress

Legal and General has launched a campaign to highlight how stress in the workplace is affecting employees in financial services and what employers can do to help.

The campaign, Stress in the City, will include posters in London’s main commuter train stations.

Glen Laming, employment services director at Legal and General, said: “Early intervention is essential. We are encouraging employers to look at how they can support employees and put robust strategies in place.”

Jenny Edwards, chair of the International Stress Management Association UK, added: Managing stress in the workplace is not just a nice-to-have policy, but a necessary requirement to reducing the current rise in mental health problems, particularly within the financial services sector.

“The effects of stress on the individual will also affect morale and teamwork within an organisation, frequently resulting in presenteeism, which is 1.5-times more costly than absenteeism.”