CSP: Employers Need to Invest in Staff Wellbeing
The CSP warns that increased workloads and work-related stress issues are on the rise
“High vacancy rates and prolonged restructuring mean that staff are struggling with unmanageable workloads. We are seeing members going off sick with work-related stress, anxiety, depression or musculoskeletal injury or being taken through performance management and capability procedures, when the fault really lies in an under-staffed and grossly under-resourced system.”
Towson also mentioned that if employers shifted more focus onto the health and wellbeing of their staff, they could be saving money. Delegates were told that the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions have estimated that every pound that goes towards employee wellness leads to a saving of £2.50, due to increased staff retention and lower sickness absence.
Towson gave a number of suggestions for improving staff wellbeing, including:
The motion was seconded by The National Union of Teachers and conference delegates passed it unanimously.