Employee Workplace Wellbeing

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Preventing Workplace Stress

We need a certain amount of stress to perform and be productive but when stress is overwhelming and emotions are high, stress takes the lead and stress-related illness and burnout wins; hurting not only workplace performance and productivity but also the financial bottom line of the company. Everyone loses.

It’s in everyone’s interest to make sure everything possible is done to reduce, prevent, manage and control stress and burnout in all our workplaces.

Stress and burnout in the workplace lead to stress and burnout at home. As well as lives being damaged, stress-related illness will reduce performance, productivity and profit margins.

The prevention of stress-related illness and burnout in the workplace is not only the responsibility of employers but also the responsibility of all employees; the idea is to work together to prevent, reduce, manage and eradicate stress in the workplace.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

  • Learning the difference between stress as a vague concept and our real stressors can be invaluable when we are faced with difficult situations at work, at home and in our relationships.
  • Knowing there is a big difference between our stressors and our stress response can give us the tools to reduce our stress hormone levels and maintain healthy work and home environments.
  • Knowing how a triggered stress response can affect our bodies and minds is an advantage when faced with stressful situations; this knowledge can lead to more open communication and better work culture for all.
  • Knowing the signs and symptom of the stress response and being able to articulate these signs and symptoms to others is a huge advantage when managing a team and/or being a member of a team.
  • Knowing how and why we perceive something as stressful can help us reduce stress responses so we can focus on dealing positively with responsibilities and relationships.
  • An understanding of how stress responses can influence illness; mood, beliefs, emotional expression and behaviour is essential when dealing with absenteeism, presenteeism and stress-related illness in the workplace.
  • Knowing that how we cope is a direct link to the current state of our relationships and the current state of our physical and mental health is essential when assessing our coping strategies..
  • Developing a tailor-made personal stress relief plan, to reduce stressors and stress responses and improve coping strategies, performance and productivity in the workplace is invaluable to both employee and employer..
There is no doubt that a happy workplace is a productive workplace. Educating employees and helping them become more aware of the difference between their stressors and their stress response and the effect these have on their physical, emotional and psychological health and well-being will result in more job satisfaction, better performance, efficiency and productivity; while encouraging a more open and friendly working environment.
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Managers Concerned About Stress In The Workplace

We know that 79 % of European managers are concerned about stress in their workplaces, 40 % consider that psychosocial risk (PSR) is more difficult to manage than ‘traditional OSH (occupational health and safety) risks’ and less than 30 % of organisations in Europe have procedures for dealing with workplace stress, harassment and third-party violence”(EU Research review: Calculating the cost of work-related stress and psychosocial risks European Risk Observatory Literature Review 2014).

“Nevertheless, in many organisations, there is an erroneous perception that addressing psychosocial risks is challenging and will incur additional costs when, in fact, the evidence suggests that failure to address these risks can be even more costly for employers, workers and societies in general”. (EU Research review: Calculating the cost of work-related stress and psychosocial risks European Risk Observatory Literature Review 2014).

We can help you:

  • Invest in ‘your people’s health through our tailor-made stress and burnout educational and health-promotion programmes’ and teach you how to reduce workplace stressors, stress-related illness, burnout and stress-related costs. This will help ensure staff performance and productivity.
  • We can teach you how to address workplace stressors and encourage open communication.
  • We can train and educate your managers to be more aware and objective when confronted with workplace conflicts. This will improve not only health and wellbeing in the workplace but also company profits.
  • “Different studies prove that the employer will have a return in double for every euro spent on occupational safety and health” (EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being, 2016).

    If you need more information about our stress and burnout educational programmes, stress and burnout workshops, mediation, consultation or our coaching and counselling sessions, give us a ring at (0031) 0652898604 or go to 'Contact' and email us. We are always happy to chat with you.