EMPLOYERS in Kirklees are being offered help to tackle stress at work.
The offer comes from Kirklees Better Health at Work, an organisation promoting health and well-being in the workplace for businesses across the district.
The initiative, which was set up in 2004, is run by Kirklees Council, the Health and Safety Executive, the NHS and Job Centre Plus.
Kirklees Better Health at Work helps employers and employees by raising awareness of the effects of stress in business, offering training in stress management, providing coaching and counselling and providing a confidential occupational health, safety and well-being return-to-work service.
The team has worked with organisations including Puma UK, Longley Farm, Ellis Furniture, Fox’s Biscuits, Kirklees College, Hollybank Trust and Thornton & Ross.
Now it is urging businesses in Kirklees to take advantage of stress management workshops and training sessions for employees and managers at venues in Huddersfield and Dewsbury during 2011.
The call comes after government figures showed work-related illness in Kirklees is estimated to cost between £73.5m and £112.6m for the past 12 months with work-related accidents costing between £36.4m and £66m.
Figures also showed that more than 152,000 working days are lost annually to work-related ill-health – with mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression accounting for about half of all absences from work.
A spokeswoman said: “Stress, anxiety or depression affects one in five people in Kirklees – but employers have a legal duty of care to ensure that employees have a healthy and safe workplace. Stress is now identified as the major reason for time off work.”
Phone 01484 416751 for details or to reserve a place