I spoke with my parents over the weekend and learnt about my cousin’s husband who had a breakdown from the constant pressure at work. He took a significant pay cut because he could no longer go on like that.
We read it in papers all the time that stress is the killer but what can the employers do to tackle stress and poor mental health in work places? When I saw this article I couldn’t help but to share it with you.
Most business owners or company directors would instinctively agree that having healthy staff is likely to lead to greater productivity
and engagement as well as reduced absence. The problem, though, has traditionally been that not enough think sufficiently about it to undertake genuine attempts to improve the wellbeing of their employees.
Nor do enough bosses even accept this is something an employer should do, despite evidence that in many cases the job itself can be a contributing factor to ill health. In the past it has been all too easy to implement token gestures, such as free fruit in the office or a subsidised gym membership, without truly addressing the issue of why staff become ill.
For many employees, it is mental and emotional health that is the biggest issue. A YouGov survey found over half (56 per cent) of people say they find work very or fairly stressful, but don’t feel able to tell their employers.
85% of UK workers say their employer has a responsibility to look after their health and wellbeing.
78% of employees would welcome support from their employer to think about their health and wellbeing.
60% of workers admit, if they felt happy and well at work, they would be more productive.
“The biggest change to corporate wellbeing happened after the credit crunch in 2007-8, when people started to question its value and the return on investment,” says Dr Chris Tomkins, head of proactive health for AXA PPP healthcare.
There are a number of steps organisations can take
to help improve the mental wellbeing of employees. Matthew Gregson, consulting director at Thomsons Online Benefits, suggests stress management classes, massages and healthy eating programmes can help to lower stress among employees who may be feeling overworked or under pressure. “Of course, an even better solution is to prevent stress becoming an issue in the first place,” he says. “This might mean leaders need to evaluate business practices, look at how these are increasing stress levels and take steps to rectify the problem.” Offering flexible working can help, he adds, as this can help create a better work-life balance.
can also help counter excessive stress, although this has yet to be adopted by employers in the UK in the same ways as it is in the United States, says Graham Doke, meditation expert and founder of the Anamaya app, which is designed for employees to use in a lunch hour to unwind. “Meditation is singularly the most powerful tool we have to assist us with our emotions and consequently our behaviour,” he says. “Rather than being shunned, it should be actively promoted in the workplace.”
Steve Hewitt, HR director at software firm Lumesse says: “Many younger employees do not wish to emulate the 24/7 mindset adopted by generation X [people born between the early-1960s and early-1980s]. They are more protective of their downtime.”
Darren Fell, managing director of Crunch Accounting said: “It’s great for people to be able to get away from their computer and read a book for a while.
You really have to look at the whole picture when it comes to employee wellbeing.”
If you want to have happy, healthy staff and you are open to other avenues to improve that apart from the usual that is already in place – let’s talk.
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