The results of the CIPD Health and Wellbeing Survey 2018 has shown that the UK is facing a mental health challenge with increasing levels of work-related stress and mental ill health absence. Many employers are now recognising the importance of looking after their staff and the need to take a strategic and integrated approach to health and wellbeing or risk an unhealthy, unproductive workforce.
During International Stress Awareness Week 5-9 November, led by ISMA, (the International Stress Management Association), it is timely to focus on the topic of mental health and wellbeing particularly with the HSE's latest statistics. ISMA’s aim is to end the stigma that stress and mental health still carries in and outside the workplace. This short post reviews the HSE data on stress, depression and anxiety in the workplace in Great Britain and four approaches organisations can adopt to managing wellbeing effectively highlighted by CIPD.
Stress is an inevitable part of everybody’s life. There can be a wide range of triggers such as a change in circumstances, financial worries, illness or loss of a loved one. Stress can negatively affect individuals’ behaviour, relationships and performance at home and of course in their job leading to long-term absence from work. The first step in managing stress at work is for Managers to be aware of initial signs of stress in their staff and how it can affect their performance.
At the NEBOSH graduation ceremony at Warwick University, I was delighted to share in celebrating the success of Diploma learners with their families. One person who had a lot to celebrate was Debbie Mitchell who won the best candidate award for the NEBOSH Diploma Unit B for 2018. What an achievement it is! To put it into context it means she achieved top marks out of around 450 people who also took Unit B of this coveted health and safety qualification in 2018.
Stress and anxiety are two of the biggest threats to workplace productivity. When crippled by this double-act, few can function to their full potential leading to a drop in productivity, often affecting the company as a whole. Alarmingly, one-quarter of people feel that their job is the most stressful part of their life, demonstrating just how big the problem is!
There is a reason why the IOSH Managing Safely course has proven so popular with team leaders, supervisors and managers alike… it makes better figureheads of them all.
If you are considering this popular health and safety IOSH Managing Safely course, have you thought about taking it online? By choosing online, you will benefit from a flexible learning experience that you can fit in around your other commitments. Similarly, if you are looking to get staff trained, online IOSH Managing Safely offers a convenient solution for your managers and team leaders. Completing at a time and place to suit, this online accredited risk management certificate will give them an understanding of how to manage health and safety issues.
If you are a manager responsible for getting a group of supervisors/managers trained in IOSH Managing Safely, or looking for yourself, we will go through some important success factors to consider, when choosing your course provider. Whatever learning method you choose, a competent course provider that is able to meet your needs is fundamental to ensuring you and your team have a successful experience.
Career development usually goes hand-in-hand with increased responsibility. Climbing the career development ladder means often facing bigger demands at each stage. This hypothetical ascent is true of driven bankers, retailers, marketeers and labourers. In fact, it is a maxim that underpins almost all workplaces.
If you are thinking about doing the IOSH Managing Safely course or have already completed it and are wondering if there is an expiration date on the qualification, read on to find out more. The simple answer to this question is, no. The IOSH Managing Safely certificate does not have an expiry date, however IOSH do recommend that you take a refresher course every three years to keep your knowledge up to date.
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