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.
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!