22 April 2016

Managing stress and mental health in the workplace

Workplace stress is one of the major causes of long-term sickness absence amongst employees. According to the most recent UK Office for National Statistics survey, the number of days lost to stress stands at over 11 million alone. Compensation payments for occupational stress are also on the rise.

These figures are supported by the CIPDs 2015 Absence Management survey that looked into the causes of absence in the workplace and found that two-fifths of respondents reported stress-related absence in their organisation had increased over the last year. The same number of respondents also reported an increase in mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, over the past 12 months.

What were reported as the most common causes of stress in the workplace? Workload came top of the list, followed by non-work relationships/family, management style and relationships at work. 

Worryingly, the CIPD survey found that less than three-fifths of organisations are taking steps to identify and reduce stress in the workplace, and there has only been a small increase (now 30%) in organisations that provide training to help managers effectively manage and support staff with mental health problems.

Managing stress and mental health in the workplace should also play a strong role in your wellbeing strategy too. According to the CIPD’s survey, organisations that meet their absence targets are more likely to have a wellbeing strategy in place, and especially one that equally focusses on good lifestyle choices, as well as good physical and mental health. 

To maintain a motivated and productive workforce, employers need to deal with the excessive and long-term causes of stress in the workplace before they can even take root, as well as train managers to spot the signs of mental health issues and provide the support staff need.

This advice guide is designed to provide tips on how to spot the signs of stress and mental health issues so that staff, and the business, can keep healthy and on track.

The advice guide looks at:

  • the signs of stress, and what to look out for
  • your legal obligations as an employer
  • how to deal with stress in the workplace
  • mental health in the workplace
  • getting the right advice

How can HR Now help?

HR Now can help you to create approproate policies and procedures, as well as train your staff to spot the signs of stress and mental health issues in the workplace, by:

  • Reviewing and drafting policies, procedures and guides on how to deal with stress and mental health in the workplace and raise awareness among staff
  • Equipping managers with the right tools and techniques to deal with people effectively
  • Providing coaching or professional support for individuals dealing with stress
  • Putting employers in touch with medical professionals if they are dealing with sensitive issues
  • Helping create flexible working policies that align with and enhance your business model

To discuss how we can help your business today, contact us on 01534 747559 or email Karen Lysiak

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Stress Advice Guide updated Apr 16 FINAL.pdf

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