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Managing Stress Apr 2010

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Reducing stress and promoting wellbeing in the workplace

Reducing stress and promoting wellbeing in the workplace

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  • Typical causes of work-related stress include workload, work responsibilities, work difficulty manager style Stress affects immune systems – in turn leaving you more susceptible to illness.Flu season - Christmas storyMany Studies have linked workplace stress and absenteeism.According to the HSE ‘Stress in one of the main causes of sickness absence.What happens to body? Fight or flight response.Not healthy to operate from a state of stress.Desk workers going home exhausted!
  • 1. Conduct a stress auditUse existing data to judge your current position, such as exit interviews and sickness, absence and staff turnoverrecords. Start surveying staff as to their attitude and experience of stress at work, eg through the HSE survey, measuring performance against the six Management Standards (see www.hse.gov.uk/stress). Or call in a consultant to coordinate a company-wide stress audit.2. Write a stress policy Now you know your issues, tackle them through a comprehensive stress policy. Write this yourself, or ask your consultant to do it. The policy should cover stress and mental health policies and must comply with HSE guidelines. 3. Train staffCompany-wide training will be helpful to all. It gives employees the stress-management techniques they need in their day-to-day jobs. And it helps managers understand the company’s new stress policy, not only recognising stress symptoms in colleagues, but knowing how to react appropriately. 4. Get some supportUse stress-management products to support your company stress policy. Consider a stress monitor machine for communal staff areas, stress balls printed with a corporate message, or 'mood cards' with a stress monitor the size of a business card that can be used time and time again. For these and other ideas, see www.stressproducts.info.5. Get recognised The Stress Management Society runs an award scheme for companies that lead the way in managing stress at work. You can enter your company for the award at any time via www.stress.org.uk. It’s an excellent way to show your team (and the world) that you mean business when it comes to stress management at work.Know the impact to you and your organisation!There are clear benefits to addressing work-related stress:• quality of working life: employees feel happier at work and perform better• management of change – introducing a new systems or new patterns of work are easier when 'stress' is managed effectively• employment relations: problems can be resolved at work rather than at an employment tribunal• attendance and sickness: attendance levels go up and sickness absence goes down Stop the problems of staff turnover Become an employer of choice and attract a better calibre of employee
  • “…A 1% increase in productivity at no cost.”Work stress Health and safety issues at work Personal mental health problems Poor physical health Long term sicknessWhat did we do?After recognising these adverse effects we created a cultures and values programme including the following health initiatives: The development of a stress management programme for all staffA counselling service for staff to discuss work and personal mattersAn occupational therapist advice service for staffRegular smoking cessation sessions by external consultants  A driving safety initiativeStaff discounts on bicycle purchasesMassage sessions for all staff at head officeCorporate discounts at local gyms for all staffChanged menus at staff restaurants to reflect a healthy eating policyBlood pressure testing sessions for staff at head officeNew processes to manage long term sickness absence

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