In a climate where every single aspect of our working lives is now driven by the need to cut costs and achieve more on a lower budget, often with fewer staff, it’s hardly surprising that stress is on the increase.  

UK businesses may have survived a painful recession, but financial cuts continue in businesses in many regions, such as Port Talbot in Wales with the recent developments in steel.

For the past two years, stress has been cited as the top reason for long-term sick leave according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with most businesses reporting a rise in staff stress levels.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research has suggested the cost of work related stress to the economy is £6.5 bn – and even more so in the public sector (where sickness absence is in general 50% higher).

However, absence is only part of the problem.  Stressed employees are also less productive, and when productivity is taken into account, a recent study by Vitality Health found that employees in the transport industry lost almost 27 days per year due to stress.

It doesn’t have to be like this, our people deserve to live a stress free life. With workplaces seemingly getting ever more stressful it’s important companies can manage and recognise the symptoms of stress, and have measures in place to deal with it before it impacts their productivity and profits.

Here are some practical steps employers can take to reduce stress in the workplace:

Stress awareness month is great for raising awareness, sadly unless we take drastic action, a single month of awareness will do little to ease the pain of stress for workers.
 

   

 

 

 

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