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Stress impacts on UK economy

Stress and illness among employees has a direct impact on small businesses and the UK economy, it has been claimed.The UK's International Stress Management Association (ISMA) has suggested that small businesses suffer as a result of stress and illness among their staff and as such should do more to tackle the problem.Caroline Raymond, vice-chair of the organisation, commented that the impact on businesses of stress on their employees takes the form not only of financial loss but also the long-term well-being of their employees.She added that small businesses need to consider using the tools that are available to them to reduce the risk of workers suffering stress. Ms Raymond explained that the Health and Safety Executive could provide help to small businesses in tackling this problem.By improving the well-being of employees, companies can improve their own profitability and help to deliver a more successful small business economy in the UK.

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