A survey carried out by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has revealed that stress is, for the very first time, the most common cause of long-term sickness absence.

What should employers do?

Employers have a duty to assess and take measures to control risks from work-related stress. They should have a policy in place for dealing with stress, carry out return to work interviews to establish the reason for absences and ensure that line managers receive training so that they know how to respond to signs of stress.