Employee helplines jammed as redundancy fears soar

Workers are making an increase use of employee assistance helplines as the fear of redundancy increases, according to Employee Advisory Resource.

EAR has reported a 42 per cent increase in redundancy-related calls in June compared to May 2008. The EAP provider says calls relating to performance, such as appraisal, absence and promotion issues, have remained stable.

But employees are seeking increased levels of advice and support on training and development issues.

Stress related calls have risen 8 per cent over the last 12 months, covering issues such as including family, marital and sexual issues.

Alan King, managing director of EAR says employers need to take steps to keep their people informed.