Many employers do not bother to draft in cover for long-term sick leave,exposing themselves to claims for stress from other staff.A new study has found that while half of companies bring in a temporaryreplacement for someone who is off sick for several months, one-third delegatethe work to other colleagues instead. The remaining come to other arrangementssuch as sub-contracting, according to the Norwich Union Healthcare study.”Excessive workload is one of the main causes of stress,” saidGraham Johnson, professional development manager at MTL Medical Services, anoccupational health specialist. “In the good old days there would usuallybe some slack, so if someone was missing you could cope. But that situationdoes not exist any more.”The six-figure compensation claims for stress have featured complaints bythe litigants of excess workloads and lack of supervision. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Sick leave exposes stress hazardOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.