Stress is an inevitable part of everyday life. A certain amount of pressure is healthy, but in excess, can become debilitating and lead to:
- Tiredness and lack of energy
- Inability to work effectively due to lack of concentration
- Breakdown in relationships at work (and at home)
- Decreased motivation and interest
- Physical illness e.g. digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, coronary disease, chronic back problems, headaches and migraines, reduced immunity to viruses
Work Related Stress
The Health and Safety Executive estimates the costs to society of work-related stress to be more than four billion pounds per year. It is your duty in law to make sure that your employees are not made ill by their work, and stress at work can lead to illness. Employers who do not take stress seriously leave themselves open to compensation claims from employees who have suffered ill health from work-related stress.
Do you have stressed employees? How can you avoid litigation before the courts?
The long term ill-effects from stress can be prevented by early intervention and prevention. For example;
Set up a stress management policy to support your employees and carry out an annual Stress Risk Assessment.
Offer training and workshops in Stress reduction techniques and coping strategies.
Offer professional assessment and counselling for stressed employees.
The benefits to the employer are;
- increased attendance & productivity
- a happier and more effective workplace
- financial gain and reduced liability to litigation
The individuals will benefit by:
- discovering how to reduce and prevent stress by acquiring coping skills
- learning relaxation techniques to reduce tension & feel in control at work
- improved well-being, less illness, increased ability to manage and enjoy work