Steps to Take Towards Reducing Workplace Stress

Workplace stress is something which will most likely impact every employee’s life at some point. While a certain amount of stress is healthy and is important to allow you to feel challenged and happy in your job role, too much stress can reduce your quality of life and have negative effects on your overall wellbeing. A 2017 NHS report revealed that GPs wrote 573,000 sick notes relating to stress and anxiety –70,000 more than in the previous year. So, if you’re battling with stress and feeling alone, then rest assured that you’re not the only one feeling this way. Here at Health Assured, one of the top five issues we help employees to deal with is workplace stress, proving that this is a widespread issue that needs to be addressed. Here are some top tips to cope with stress during high-pressure periods at work:

Stress management

Speaking with your supervisor or manager about implementing our stress management training workshop in the workplace is a great step forward in improving your wellbeing. This will help you and your colleagues to learn the emotional symptoms of workplace stress, such as feeling irritated, struggling to sleep or concentrate, as well as the physical ones such as a tight chest, headache or upset stomach. Taking part in this workshop means you can spot these signs early on and most importantly, our trained staff will show you techniques you can use to deal with how you are feeling.

CISM services

Where there has been a critical incident or trauma that has affected you or your colleagues, we can also provide assistance. Our CISM services can be quickly put in place to help those affected come to terms with a range of emotions they may be feeling following such an event. We teach coping techniques and offer round-the-clock telephone and online support, led by our in-house counsellors, who will also put together a crisis management plan, which can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Open communication

Having a workplace where colleagues feel like they can talk comfortably to one another about how they are feeling certainly helps to build a better, positive environment. In turn, better employee wellbeing can positively impact productivity and improve how effective you could be in your role. Another recommendation to help encourage an open communication workplace culture would be to speak to your employer or manager about providing our workshop to help reduce stress. This will encourage your team mates to speak up if they’re feeling stressed, as well as share tips on dealing with stress.

EAP services

One option which may be worth consulting your manager about is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) services. This is a service which proactively helps staff manage stress by offering a confidential and professional way to resolve any problems, whether they’re personal or workplace issues. A professionally trained individual can offer guidance on how to cope with your problems in healthy ways so that you can remain happy and fulfilled. We can offer a helping hand with stress management both at home or at work, as well as guidance on issues like health, debt and family matters.

Self-evaluation

Evaluating your own workload and speaking up if you feel as though you’re being overworked will prevent you from falling behind and becoming stressed. You should reward yourself for achievements, but don’t try to do too much at once. Ask if you need some of your tasks to be delegated elsewhere. You can then talk to your line manager about discussing specific realistic targets and finding ways to better balance your time between tasks.   If you think one of our stress management workshops would benefit you and your colleagues, ask your employer or manager to contact us and we will be happy to assist with more details.

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