Herald group taking stress seriously

THAT scourge of the workplace – stress – is being identified by an increasing number of staff at the Herald group of newspapers, says a memo sent from the group’s own human resources department.

And in a move that has to be applauded, a counselling service is being made available to staff to try to deal with the negative impact of stress.

Announcing a switch to a new supplier of ‘occupational health provision’, the memo states: “We know that increasing numbers of our staff have identified that they are suffering from stress. Talking to a counsellor may help to identify where the pressure is coming from in their work.

“They may find they can improve their coping skills or make relatively small changes in their work to avoid undue pressure.”

Staff will be issued with details of a 24-hour telephone helpline.