What is Stress?
Stress is defined as:
"The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them. It arises when people worry that they can't cope". (Health & Safety Executive (HSE) 2012)
Work factors including workload, organisational change, management style, bullying and job security can result in stress and the business costs of this can be significant, such as decreased productivity, increased absence and litigation.
Stress is the most common cause of long term absence and one of the most common causes of short-term absence (CIPD 2012). The total number of cases of stress is estimated at 428,000 (40%) out of a total of 1,073,000 for all work-related illnesses (Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2011/12).
Research shows that prolonged stress is linked to psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression as well as physical conditions such as heart disease, back pain and headaches.
Failure to meet an organisation's duty of care to protect it's employees wellbeing and safety can be costly:
- £109,754 was awarded to an O2 worker due to stress. (Dickins v O2 Plc  EWCA Civ 1144)
- Barber v Somerset County Council  UKHL 13 1 April 2004 the House of Lords held that as soon as an employer knows an employee is in danger of suffering psychiatric injury from occupational stress the employer was under a duty of care to take action to alleviate that stress, or be liable to pay damages for any failure to do so
How We Can Help You
We can help your organisation to:
- Meet your duty of care and thereby help protect from the financial costs of litigation
- Improve employee wellbeing and thereby increase productivity through employees being healthier, happier and better motivated
- Reduce absence costs such as sick pay, sickness cover, overtime and recruitment
- Improve workplace morale due to better working relationships and increased employee satisfaction
We can help your employees to:
- Identify, understand and prevent stress before becoming ill
- Learn stress reduction techniques to help deal with and overcome stress
- Build personal resilience to stress by utilising techniques including CBT
- Learn relaxation techniques in order to help reduce stress
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Call us now on 07724 670346 for a free initial confidential discussion or email enquiries@ greenwellbeingsolutions.co.uk