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That is the warning of Michael Grieve, a candidate at the upcoming Scottish Borders Council (SBC) elections, who believes something needs to be done to prevent this issue among staff members at the body from growing further.
Last week, Gordon Branston, who was dismissed as SBC's wellbeing and safety officer in May last year, told the Southern Reporter that during his time at the organisation, stress accounted for nearly half of all instances of employee absence.
And Mr Grieve has now said he was "very perturbed" by this fact and has called for action to be taken to stop this "pandemic" sooner rather than later.
Recently, chartered business psychologist Beverly Stone said she believes people under stress at work are more likely to be indecisive in their roles.
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