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Bosses must spot signs of recession stress

Bosses are being warned to watch out for signs of stress among their staff by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which has launched a new website about the issue.
As the recession bites in the UK, effecting sectors such as the construction industry, managers may be putting more pressure on employees to perform.

The HSE website says workplace stress is a problem that costs organisations with 500 employees around 250 working days a year and new guidance on its website offers specific advice for directors and HR managers on what to do.

The HSE website can be found here

In total, 442,000 people claim work-related stress made them ill last year.

'In general you should look out for unusual changes in behaviour. They might seem more tired than normal, eat and drink more or less, or not communicate as well as they usually do' said director Jane Gillham of H&S training firm Pivotal Performance.

She added: 'You may also notice they find it hard to make proper decisions or concentrate properly. And they may take more sick days. These can all be signs that you need to take some action to protect your team. It's good to challenge employees to be more productive, but managers need to be careful not to cause too much stress. It becomes a serious problem in the workplace when it affects the health of employees'.
27 March 2009


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Insulating EU homes could reduce energy demand by 44%

A new study released by Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) shows that improving the insulation of existing residential buildings in the EU would significantly contribute to securing the bloc’s energy independence and achieving he EU target of reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

Improved insulation of EU residential buildings would result in a reduction of energy demand for heating in buildings by 777 TWh, or 44% compared to 2020: 46% in gas savings, 44% in heating oil savings and 48% in coal savings.


Hot water for healthcare

Recent research by the University of Exeter sets out the scale of the challenge the NHS faces if it is to achieve sustainability targets set under the government’s net zero plan by 2040, a full decade ahead of the wider commercial sector....


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