Fair Work Ombudsman Helps Bosses as Workplace Stress Escalates

Stress is escalating in workplaces and in a new initiative the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) will be showing company executives how to deal with issues like when a sacked worker commits suicides.

This is the first time that official attention has been given to the stress that employers endure after laying off staff and comes on the heels of a coronial inquiry into e recent incident.

The FWO will also advise on how to deal with the feelings of guilt if a retrenched worker takes their own life.

Self employed bosses who are generally not a part of official help programs will also be included.

The FWO is collating general information and contact numbers for support groups that are in a position to assist employers and employees deal with this types of complex issues.

Dr Steve Hambledon, the president of the Australian Medical Association, said that some managers are even stressed when they need to give workers their annual performance reviews.

He said that the legislation and procedures that now exist around workers and their entitlements are so complex that executives are concerned about making errors.

Dr Hambledon said that whilst there was a considerable effect on the individual when a worker loses their job but it also impacts the person that makes the decision and tells the worker as well.

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