Mental Health Awareness Week 2023
April 26 2021Read more
Workplace stress is a common occurrence that affects a large number of employees.
According to a 2017 Thriving at work report, poor mental health including work-related stress, costs employers upwards of £33 billion annually.
Low levels of stress are thought of as ‘good stress’ and even important for allowing your staff to feel challenged and motivated. Higher levels of stress, however, are harmful to physical and mental health.
According to various reports, work is the most common cause of stress (59%) for adults in the UK. A 2017 NHS study revealed GPs wrote 573,000 sick notes relating to stress and anxiety–70,000 more than in the previous year.
Here at Health Assured, one of the most frequent issues we help people to deal with is workplace stress. Not only does it influence the productivity of your staff, but it can also affect their attendance and engagement.
With this in mind, it’s important to implement effective options for stress management in the workplace. In this piece, we’ll explore some top tips for managing stress at work.
Before you can help your workforce, you’ll need to know how to monitor stress levels in the workplace. It’s a good idea to educate managers to recognise the health effects of stress in the workplace and lookout for signs of it amongst employees.
Noticeable indicators of stress include:
When stress isn't addressed immediately, it can lead to other serious mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Your staff aren’t required to inform you of their health problems as long as it doesn’t affect their ability to do their job. However, if they do inform you there are steps you can take to support them through this period.
With that in mind, we’ve put together some proactive steps you can take to support your employees.
For assistance with managing stress in your workplace, or if you want to know more about how to help—on any wellbeing subject—contact Health Assured on 0844 892 2493.
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