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Contractor accountants urged to enjoy life on May 12th

Contractor accountants urged to enjoy life on May 12th

Accountants are being encouraged to take time out on May 12th to contemplate their work-life balance. The Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association is calling on all companies to promote this project to improve employees work – home life balance.

Kath Haines, the chief executive of CABA, said the Association wants accountants to move away from their desk for a period on May 12th and do something they enjoy doing. She went on to say that she would like to see all accountancy practices, regardless of size, and also those contractor accountants working in business, to take part in the initiative and spend some quality time with their colleagues, family and friends.

It’s not only accountants who are feeling the strain. Experts warn that stress at work is going to soar as survivors of redundancy programmes come to terms with unmanageable workloads and survivor guilt.

EmployEase, a firm of employment law consultants, said that a third of its individual clients are absent from work with stress related conditions. It warns employers to take action to avoid stress or run the risk of facing a tribunal for discrimination, personal injury or unfair dismissal.

The FSB and Mind have teamed up to produce a guide for small businesses to help them make non bureaucratic, cost effective changes that will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of their employees.

Amongst the recommendations in the document are the implementation of flexible working and the promotion of a supportive working environment.

Sophie Corlett, the director of external relations at Mind, pointed out that several small firms already provide employees with flexible working opportunities and quality working relationships. However, businesses must also acknowledge mental health issues and create a culture whereby staff can raise their concerns and employers will help them stay mentally healthy.

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