Stressed Employees Need HR Resources, Boundaries

While most human resource professionals are good listeners and genuinely want to help employees struggling with the stresses of balancing work and life, they cannot take on the role of a mental health provider.

2 comments on "Stressed Employees Need HR Resources, Boundaries"
M Burbary (3/20/2014 at 9:43 PM)

I was struck in the face by a surgeon. No one witnessed it. Later that same morning he had a major melt down that everyone saw. When his assault was reported, I was moved to another site and life has gone on as usual for him and I have a long commute. My word against his according to HR. So much for zero tolerance for violence. Nobody cares, don't let anyone kid you.
Michael Cylkowski (3/17/2014 at 5:40 PM)

"Stress can kill you" says O'Keeffe, but then again she says, "HR needs to have healthy boundaries." Eh? Your company's culture is often the stressor so do something about it. Where are all these supposedly wonderful 'wellness programs'? A large part of the ACA is to get patients to adopt healthy behaviors. It seems the healthy behavior here would be for the employee to walk away from the stressor. Surely O'Keeffe realizes that providing professional counseling is cheaper than recruiting and retraining replacements.


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