Stress can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health. It can also be a major cause in the development of illnesses. In fact, from the 526,000 recorded cases of work-related stress, 12.5 MILLION working days are lost each year. This amounts to over 3 weeks per recorded case. Which means, obviously, that stress is a huge burden to not only the individual, but their employer too.
It’s time that employers recognise stress and begin to combat signs of it in the workplace!
What is Stress Awareness Day?
Taking place on the 7th of November, National Stress Awareness Day was made to highlight the importance of identifying and combating stress in the workplace.
This year’s theme is “Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-stress?” and encourages conversation around the positive and negative effects of computers and the internet regarding stress.
The theme was put in place to encourage questions about the daily use of computers and the internet. Ask yourself in what ways does modern technology help relieve stress and in what ways does it increase stress?
The aim of the day is to break the stigma surrounding stress and to promote the importance of stress reduction activities.
There are many ways of reducing the stigma surrounding the subject. Employers should:
- Encourage employees to open up about their stress and mental health
- Train employees in becoming Mental Health First Aiders
- Organise team activities to give employees an occasional break from work
Stress Awareness Quiz
Take our stress awareness quiz to see if you can score top marks or if you need to have a little refresher...