Work and Stress

The Confederation of British Industry survey, Healthy returns?: Absence and workplace health survey 2011, showed:

“While short-term absence continues to account for the majority of absence, long-term absence accounts for nearly one-third (32%) of lost working time. Stress, anxiety and depression remain the main causes of long-term absence. . . The direct costs of absence alone amounted to over £17bn across the economy in 2010. . . The median total cost for each absent employee in 2010 was £760 a year”.

In many cases an employee is dismissed following long-term stress-related absence. There are two potential problems for the employer in these circumstances.

1) The ex-employee may put in a claim for damages.
If you have an effective policy to manage stress in your workplace then this would make a claim for damages much less likely.

2) There are definite cost implications to replacing an employee .
Some estimates put the induction and retraining cost of an employee at three times their annual salary. So, why not take measures to retain staff?

The essence of any successful organisation is its ability to assess what changes are needed and then to have the flexibility to adopt and adapt to those ideas. Many people become prescriptive and inflexible when under stress. As the stress mounts they have difficulty with concentration and decision making and hence work less effectively. One of the effects of stress is to make people more susceptible to illness and emotional distress. It is very easy for an organisation to enter into a spiral of absenteeism, due to sickness in a few stressed people, which then puts increased pressure on the rest of the workforce who subsequently themselves become stressed and hence more susceptible to illness.

I have considerable experience in working to alleviate the impact of stress. I can work individually with your staff in order to get them to manage stress better and hence facilitate their return to work.

If you wish I could arrange to run a stress management workshop at your workplace.

In order to discuss this, then either contact me on 01706 373825 or contact me by e-mail.