Stress continues to rise amongtst Vale of Glamorgan Council staff and is the most common cause of sickness absence

There has been a massive 17% fall in the number of days lost because of staff sickness in the Vale of Glamorgan Council in the period from April to September 2018 (inclusive) – but cases of stress are continuing to rise .

The council says the reduction in overall sickness rates has come about because of “several initiatives” and there has been a large drop in the cases of sickness amongst school staff.

The rate of sickness per full-time employee (FTE) has fallen in the Vale of Glamorgan Council

The council has introduced a “Care First Employee Assistance Programme” which  offers staff “confidential counselling and advice on a wide range of work and personal issues”.

Twice the number of council staff are now taking part in “Face to Face counselling sessions” than were doing so last year and the use of “guidance webpages for work-related issues” has also risen.

The leader of the Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council – Cllr John Thomas

Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Council, says “The Council has made a real effort to improve the health and wellbeing of staff in recent years and I’m delighted that this has led to a decrease in sickness levels.”

“This not only has a clear benefit to the productivity of the Council, but should also make a real difference to the people that work for the organisation. We take our duty of care towards staff extremely seriously and will continue to push for further improvement in this area.”

However the number of cases of “stress” amongst council staff has continued to rise.

The most frequent reason for absence of Vale Council staff is stress – the incidence of which has increased yet again

The council says that “Stress continues to be the most common reason for sickness absence in the Council and it can be seen that the ratio of sickness absence relating to stress has increased from 28.8% to 30.4%.”

The worst affected departments are Social Services where 36.4% of staff absence is attributed to stress, Learning and Skills (33.8%) and Schools (30.9%)

In all cases of stress, the council automatically refers staff to  occupational health for advice. Counselling is also offered and managers are given training and support in completing stress risk assessments.

A revised Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy is to be launched by the Vale Council later this month ,

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Stress- the new bad back. Can’t be proved one way nor tother and it’s highly fashionable in our snowflake society.

    • Jon says:

      “Stress” in this context encompasses a range of mental health problems. You’ll find that people who suffer with these, including me, are not at all concerned about how fashionable it is, or about being a snowflake. It’s comments like these that shut down the conversation that needs to take place, so please refrain.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      The Vale of fear where bullying allegation rumours run rife. A Local Authority , that is an ill conceived a vanity project, a drain on the Welsh Taxpayer and so obviously should be part of Cardiff will always have a high work place mental illness problem (stress)
      Fact is stress victims are to be found mostly among middle management and senior officers.
      A whopping 30 per cent of lost days on a two year average.
      Those dedicated conscientious workers in the manual sector who actually do the work get muscular skeletal and account for only a modest 13% on a two year average. Less than half of the Management lost hours rate..
      It is not their fault they work for an anachronistic, cash guzzling, self serving shambles.

    • Lou says:

      Oh dear, “snowflake society”. How very 2016. The right are calling the left snowflakes for being liberal, and the left are calling the right snowflakes for expressing offence, and the old are calling the young snowflakes for being too thin-skinned, and the young are pointing out that the older generation seem to be the most offended by what they’re doing. Then C David uses it to mock people he knows nothing about and a condition about which he has no understanding. Leave it out mate, that’s the job of the Daily Mail.

      • Christopher David says:

        Sonny Jim’s when you’ve had your house on the line to guarantee business funding keeping yourself, family and employees safe and in jobs then come back and tell me about stress. But we cope. Oh yes and we cope with putting our names to our posts unlike the anon Cowards “Jon” “Lesley and “Lou”. If you haven’t to guts or confidence to reveal yourselves then shut up. Ooohh stressed now are we little ones 🙂

    • Harry Parfitt says:

      A familiar bullish response from CD. Unfortunately, not everyone has a skin like a rhino but, hey ho, I don’t suppose a bit of compassion was ever on the cards. As a matter of interest, I wonder why only those who question CD are branded “anon cowards” when this blog is almost entirely populated by anonymous contributors.🤔

  2. Mapk Fosterovich says:

    You’d be stressed out if you had to look after those £786 chairs. Imagine having to clean the councillors’ bum sweat off of them.

  3. Andrew Worsley says:

    Lesley please do keep on topic if unable to please keep quiet, this is a forum for discussion about topics featured , its not your job THANK GOD to vet comments from people you don’t happen to like. There is a moderator who looks to see if comments and language are acceptable AND ITS NOT YOU. Even the moderator allows SOME uncalled for remarks to be allowed but you abuse that privilege ,and as a ‘newcomer’ you don’t seem to understand how to behave regarding other peoples views (or should that be ones you don’t agree with!). This is not a place to let Trolls like you and others like a certain Mr Dover and his pal Lou to pick and choose who to attack, GROW UP!.

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    Must be some sort of bizzare Welsh type of humour hmmmm! lets see …..My pal Lou writes…….. ” Then C David uses it to mock people he knows nothing about !!!?? and a condition about which he has no understanding ” ………….So there you have it black and white ? C. David you know nothing about the Council or its members , you also know nothing about ‘fakes illness ‘ But Lou knows a lot , he can even tell you off using his familiarity with Council Members and no doubt often has a pint ( or six) with them in the Fag. So its quite obvious Lou is very, very ,wise and you C . David are not! , in fact Lou and his muckers , Benny and Lesley are pearls of wisdom ……….…………………………………..LOL ……LOL…….LOL ………..

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