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.
The ISMA Stress Survey found that 94% of people experience work-related stress but only 32% feel they can speak to their manager about it.
Employers need to be able to recognise symptoms of stress among their workforce and begin to combat signs of it in the workplace!
What is Stress Awareness Week?
Commencing on the 4th of November, International Stress Awareness Week was made to highlight the importance of identifying and combating stress in the workplace.
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
Obviously, there is an abundance of other ways that employers can help their employees un-stress, but that list would go on forever!
Online Stress Awareness Training
We offer an IOSH Approved Online Stress Awareness Training course that teaches employees/managers to recognise stress in themselves and others, how to effectively reduce and prevent stress with positive steps, and gives an understanding of the mental/physical impact that stress can have on someone.
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