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*Wednesday 3rd November – National Stress Awareness Day*


first direct (a division of HSBC Bank plc) is working with York based Stress Management specialists StressCHECK Training to allow their employees to manage their own stress levels online. As the first signs of the recession started to take hold in early 2008, first direct immediately began to look into managing some of the inevitable symptoms of the downturn by promoting Well-being within the organisation.

Michaela Wright, Social Leadership Manager at first direct says “We looked into the reasons that people were absent from work and one of the biggest areas was psychological problems, we knew that we needed to do more. We already had in place a support service that offers free counselling; however, we had nothing in place that helped our people learn how to manage stress. We accepted...

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