Work and Wellbeing · 3 April 2018

Top ten tips for tackling work-related stress

12.5 million work days are lost due to stress related instances.
There are an estimated 12.5m working days lost due to work-related stress and employers are keen to find the best methods to reduce stress in the workplace.

The Health Insurance Group have come up with the best ways to tackle work-related stress, depression and anxiety.

Brett Hill, managing director, The Health Insurance Group, said: As April is stress awareness month it is a great opportunity for employers to look at how they are nurturing good mental health in the office by reducing stress.

there is a human and an economic cost attached to stress. By following these top tips organisations can make their workplaces better places to work.

The top ten tips for work-related stress are:

  1. Identify triggers
Get to know what the causes and triggers of stress are in the workplace. Knowledge is power, and this will help build a plan of how to tailor stress management for an environment.

  1. Empower managers
Managers play a pivotal role in supporting staff. Employers should offer management training that develops good management practices and include specific mental health training, to equip them to identify and manage mental health issues proactively.

  1. Select affordable support service to get business buy-in
Support may already be included within your existing employee benefits. Private medical insurance, group protection products, employee assistance programmes can all provide support for mental health. it’s important to look at what cover is already in place. If additional support is required, look for solutions that offer good value for money to ensure you can get buy-in from the business.

  1. Personalise support
Everyone deals with stress differently. Employers need to offer a range of support to ensure everyone has access to something that is appropriate for them.

  1. Signpost support
Good support will not help if employees are unaware or uncomfortable using it. Train managers to signpost staff to the most appropriate support when an individual is struggling and under stress.

  1. Embrace technology

 
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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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