Work related stress is defined as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands place on them at work. We all know someone who feels under stress at work.The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that the industries that reported the highest rates of work-related stress in the last three years were health, social work, education and public administration. The occupations that reported the highest rates of work-related stress in the last three years were health and social service managers, teachers and social welfare associate professionals.
So whats going on? We all have our own capacity and capability to cope. When our work siuation surpasses our capacity to cope we start to experience stress. At times we can cope with a stressful workplace if things at home feel manageable or we can cope with a stressful homeplace if work helps us to feel anchored and able to manage but what do we do if both feel in the air. We have nowhere to reside. Securing management comitement to implementing a stress and welbeing programme is key to this.
The *Health and Safety Executive have some really helpful resources for employers http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/standards/downloads.htm
- Developing a stress policy an example
- A practical guide for managing and supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace
- Return to work questionnaire template
- The legal need for management commitment
- Research and statistics and work related stress UK.
New Leaf Life Design provides a range of services to help employers keep their staff well and to support them when employees go off sick. We are also keen wherever possible to engage in preventative work which may involve offering stress management workshops or counselling to help an employee manage stress and stay working. We also hold meditation courses in Somerset and in September launch a Lose Fat Stay Fit course.
We will be presenting at the HR Breakfast with Katharina Kidd Foot Ansteys. The event is on 2nd August 2012, from 8.30am (8am arrival) to 10am and is at their Taunton office – Foot Anstey, The Quad, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Blackbrook Business Park, Taunton, TA1 2PX. If anyone in HR is interested in attending, please can you email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will then confirm if there is room.
Call Becky on 07590 684888 to discuss our Employee Assistance Programmes.