Poor record on tackling stress

Scottish businesses are the worst in Britain at tackling workplace stress, a study has revealed.

Only 19 per cent of workers in Scotland claim their employers offer stress management support such as free counselling, according to research commissioned by PMI Health Group.

The British average is 25 per cent.

Research by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), however, has shown that Scottish employers are losing £2 million a day to sickness absence caused by mental health problems.

Although only 15 per cent of employees in Scotland rated counselling services among their top three preferred benefits, this was the highest of any British region.