Recent UK research reveals that...
Companies clearly have a problem on their hands, and unless they implement practices, policies and procedures to reduce stress, it will impact their performance and ultimately their long-term success.
When asked what situations workers found stressful, the top answers were...
Add to that the stressors we all may encounter outside work (illness, divorce, bereavement, and financial problems) and you have a potential time bomb threatening to explode at any moment.
So what can be done? The role of a stress manager is twofold.
First: identify specific stressors within the workplace. A stress audit will detect areas of concern and levels of absenteeism. The audit will also indicate the levels of stress experienced within the workplace in question and these figures can be compared to current national average. Causes of stress within the workplace may be a combination of poor management, too many demands on staff, lack of control and poor working relationships. All these need to be addressed. The consequences of a stressful environment are poor physical and mental health, resulting in a high degree of absenteeism, a reduction in staff moral, and a rapid turnover of staff.
Second: implement a stress management training programme, often coupled with an Employee Assistance Scheme. An EAS can provide a range of services, such as counselling, mentoring, management training and legal advice. An EAS is usually confidential, low cost and can reduce stress and absenteeism within a few months.