Stress is a major problem and can affect anyone at any time regardless of job role or workload. As an employer, you have a duty of care to ensure your teams have access to the help they need to deal with the pressures of the modern workplace. Proactively supporting your team’s emotional wellbeing reduces the likelihood of sickness absence from conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression.
What is work related stress?
Work related stress develops when a person is unable to cope with the demands of their role for a variety of reasons. It is well known and medically accepted that stress can cause a number of physical symptoms, which can lead to a higher rate of absenteeism. It is common for people suffering with stress to display a wide range of other symptoms that can be easily confused with something else.
What are the signs of stress?
Your employees may be suffering from the physical symptoms of stress if they complain of the following, especially if they experience more than one of these symptoms in a short period of time:
- Chest pains
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pains
- Trouble sleeping
- Frequent colds or infections
- Nervousness and shaking
- Muscle pains
A change in attitude; for example a staff member who suddenly becomes easy to agitate, moody or frustrated when they were not before. Noticing these symptoms in your team means that you will be able to easily identify possible stress and put steps in place to assist before the problem has a chance to take hold.
With any illness or ailment, prevention is always better than the cure, so making sure that your staff feel supported and cared for is an important part of any workplace.
We can help, with tailor-made workshops designed around your industry or specific requirements. We teach techniques to help your employees stay in control of their own emotional wellbeing and lower the chances of stress building up within your workforce.
This can be especially helpful if you are about to increase the workload or put a new amount of pressure on your team to get a project completed or meet a customer need and can help your team feel appreciated and cared for, which in turn increases productivity and positivity. You can also run these workshops as a permanent ‘perk’ for employees.
All workshops can be held in-house or at a local training centre and can fit around your work commitments with as little impact on your business as possible.
A healthy mind creates motivation and commitment in your teams giving you increased productivity and improved engagement so talk to us today to arrange a free consultation.