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This is particularly important for employees returning from a period of stress-related absence, as they will need to be phased back in gradually

Statistics show that stress contributes to around fifty per cent of all absences. A high pressure work environment combined with trauma or personal problems can trigger severe outbreaks of stress, which can be crippling to the employee and mean a drop in productivity for the business.

To help combat work related stress, Peninsula is now offering businesses a health assured Employee Assistance Programme, or EAP. Through regular online stress assessment and face to face counselling, any symptoms of stress can be recognised and dealt with immediately. Furthermore, for advice regarding their personal problems, employees can access a range of specialist helplines.

Employers will also be given advice on how to improve employee wellbeing. This is particularly important for employees returning from a period of stress-related absence, as they will need to be phased back in gradually.

But of course, an Employee Assistance Programme can't do everything for you; a business that provides a happy, friendly working environment will inevitably notice fewer cases of stress. This can be achieved by ensuring pay and holiday allocation is fair, taking a strong stance on workplace bullying, and letting employees know there is always someone they can talk to about their problems in or out of work. Your employees work hard for you, and minimising stress levels and helping them in times of need may mean they can continue to do so for longer; perhaps with a renewed appreciation for their employer.

For employment law advice on work related stress, or to find out more about the EAP, visit the Peninsula website or call our team of specialist advisors for free on 0800 328 9348 and they will be happy to help.

If you are a member of the media and need any further assistance, would like to discuss case studies for a particular feature, or be added to our media contact list, feel free to contact Sammual-James McLoughlin, head of media, press and public relations at Peninsula, on 0161 827 8511 or sammualjamesmcloughlin@gmail.com.

Website: http://www.peninsula-uk.com/

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