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Almost all of us have experienced anxiety at some point in time.
The levels of intensity can vary depending on the situation. Some people might feel 'butterflies' in their stomachs; whilst others can experience complete paralysis.
When an employee suffers from anxiety, they may display all kinds of symptoms. This makes it difficult to identify these types of conditions in the workplace.
But all employers have a legal and moral duty of providing support to affected staff. If you neglect their mental wellbeing, you could end up facing costly penalties and business damages.
Let’s look at different symptoms of anxiety, the laws on mental health, and how to support employees suffering from anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is a mental health condition that stops you from performing normal activities.
People can experience mental and physical symptoms of anxiety during episodes. These can involve detrimental attacks, where peak levels are reached within minutes.
Physical symptoms include:
Psychological symptoms include:
We don’t exactly know what causes behavioural symptoms of anxiety. However, it’s understood the causes may come from:
There’s no distinction between mild anxiety symptoms in men and anxiety symptoms in women. Neither does race, sexuality, or gender identities play a part–anyone can experience anxiety.
It might not be clear what specific triggers are, but phobias can play a huge part. If someone suffers from a phobia, they may experience chronic symptoms of anxiety simultaneously.
People can be diagnosed with different types of anxiety disorder, like:
There aren’t specific regulations on anxiety disorders in employment law. However, as an employer, you have a legal duty of care for staff members with a health condition.
These employees are legally entitled to reasonable adjustments–helping to support them during work.
If you neglect or deny these rights, you could face legal court claims and pay costly penalties.
When it comes to employees with health conditions, you need to provide the right support and care. Everyone with an anxiety disorder will present their own symptoms, types, and triggers.
So, it’s important to understand how to help them through their individual condition. Here’s how to manage someone with anxiety symptoms at work:
Anxiety might seem like a small condition that can come and go in minutes. But for some people, it may cause detrimental effects to their entire day.
Keep open communication with them; and minimise any sign of work-related stress or anxiety symptoms. Talk to them about their personal experiences and how you can improve work conditions.
A beneficial step for providing support, is though reasonable adjustments. These can range from amending targets to offering paid medical leave.
Remember, you are legally bound to care for employees with mental health conditions. And if it qualifies as a disability, you must make changes that allow them to perform safely.
People with anxiety disorders will have different types of triggers. So, it’s important to discover what exactly affects the employee in question.
Once you’ve identified triggers, you can minimise the effects they cause. And ensure other colleagues and line managers eliminate triggers during work.
It’s so important to eliminate mental health stigma in the workplace. As a business, you should hold zero-tolerance for bullying, harassment, or discrimination relating to health conditions.
To eliminate these stigmas, provide informative training on anxiety and other disorders. That way, all employees can develop awareness and understand how to help colleagues suffering at work.
It’s so important to protect employees with an anxiety disorder. By focusing on your legal duty of care, all employees with health conditions can work safely.
But if you neglect them, you could be held liable for discrimination–causing huge repercussions to your business.
Health Assured offer expert guidance on supporting employees with anxiety disorders. Our team can help you safeguard employee wellbeing whilst simultaneously meeting your company’s needs.
We also provide a 24/7 helpline, that’s open 365 days a year–helping you care for your staff all year round. Arrange a call back from an expert today on 0800 206 2550.
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