Herald - Issue 406

v THE HERALD - ENCOURAGING LOCAL ENTERPRISE v 13th May 2021 • The HERALD • Page 57 If you come into any of these categories, then you will need to complete a self-assessment. Other services that we can provide M G ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES Telephone & Fax: 023 8089 1351 • Email: mgeere@btinternet.com Specialising in Bookkeeping and Accountancy Services in and around the New Forest and Waterside area, be assured of a local and friendly service. Are you self-employed? Are you a small business? Are you a landlord? Do you have investment income? NEW LIMITED COMPANY SET UP VAT RETURNS CREDIT CONTROL OUT OF HOURS CONSULTATIONS BUSINESS PLANS PAYROLL • CIS GENERAL BOOKKEEPING CORPORATION TAX Don’t let this be you at the end of the tax year Tel: 023 8254 7600 TMT House, 12 The Marsh, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6AL enquiry@tmtlegalservices.co.uk www.tmtlegalservices.co.uk Your Local Legal Specialists PROPERTY & CONVEYANCING SERVICES We specialise in Property Services from buying your new home to investment portfolios and newbuilds. Call the Team on 023 8254 7600 or visit our website for our online quotation tool where you can also instruct us ASK A PROFESSIONAL The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging employers to review the stress-causing factors in their workplaces and the work that their employees do. Stress, depression or anxiety account for 51% of all work- related ill health cases and 55% of all working days lost due to work- related ill health. Stress impacts on all sectors and businesses of all sizes and employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. Evidence shows that there are six key factors which, if not properly managed, are associated with poor health, lower productivity and increased accident and sickness absence rates. e six key factors are: • Demands: workload, work patterns and the work environment • Control: how much say the person has in the way they do their work • Support: encouragement, sponsorship and resources available to workers • Relationships: promoting positive working to avoid con ict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour • Role: whether people understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that they do not have con icting roles • Change: how change (large or small) is managed and communicated. Rob Vondy, Head of Stress and Mental Health Policy at HSE, says: “It’s well known that stress can make you ill. We know that work-related stress, depression and anxiety has increased in recent years, and the last year has presented new challenges that have never been faced before, and which may affect the workplaces of the UK for some time to come. Good communication is vital as stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not affect another. If you don’t understand the problem or its extent, tackling it will be more difficult. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability may all affect whether an employee can cope. People feel stress when they can’t cope with the pressures or demands put on them, either in work or other outside issues. Start talking to your colleagues about any issues now – the earlier a problem is tackled the less impact it will have. Employers should match demands to employees’ skills and knowledge. Recognising the signs of stress will help employers to take steps to prevent, reduce and manage stress in the workplace. Healthy and safe work and workplaces are good for business and good for workers.” HSEhas a range of practical support and guidance available including risk assessment templates, a talking toolkit to help start conversations, workbooks, posters, a new mobile app and a new automated stress indicator tool (SIT). For more information see the stress section at: www.hse.gov.uk NEW TOOLS TO PREVENT, REDUCE AND MANAGE STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE