6 Steps For Managing Workplace Stress for Mental Health Awareness Week


06 Feb 2018


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It's estimated that work-related stress, depression and anxiety accounts for more than 12.5 million working days being lost.

Stress can take many forms, but the most common indicators of stress in the workplace are:
  • Nervousness
  • Increased irritability
  • Feeling tearful
  • Increased reliance on alcohol, smoking, caffeine or drug use
  • Inability to concentrate or make simple decisions
  • Aggressive or anger outbursts
  • Dizziness or palpitations
  • Panic attacks and nausea
  • Memory lapses and tiredness

6 Steps to Managing Stress in the Workplace

Step 1: Support Your Employees The first step to reducing stress in the workplace is supporting your employees. Whether that be with team debriefs after particularly stressful periods, signposting to relevant support or just encouraging regular breaks - offering employees to take a little time each day to step away from their work. Step 2: Encourage Exercise Encourage your employees to partake in a little exercise each day, such as a short walk during their lunch break or taking the stairs as opposed to the lift. Exercise releases endorphins, triggering a positive feeling in the brain that can help combat stress. Step 3: Encourage Socialising A good support network in and out of work is crucial to your employees’ wellbeing.  Try incorporating team building days into your work calendar or after work activates such as celebrating a fellow employees success. Step 4: Encourage Mindfulness Mindfulness is an activity which means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. This increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality. In simple terms this means encouraging your employees to take their breaks and spending a few moments collecting their thoughts and relaxing their mind. Step 5: Offer a Flexible Working Environment Many employees in the workforce are a part of the “sandwich generation”, whereby they are supporting both young children and elderly relatives. Flexible working can help ease some of the stresses and help promote a healthy work-life balance. Step 6: Consider an Employee Assistance Programme It is a proven fact that long and short term absenteeism is reduced by providing an Employee Assistance Programme. By providing support to your employees through the programme you are demonstrating a duty of care – emphasising your commitment to their health and well-being.

We’re Here to Help

At Croner, we offer an Employee Assistance Programme service aimed at helping employers support their employees. The service provides access to highly qualified counsellors, 365 days a year who can help support your employees with issues that may be effecting their work performance such as stress and work-life balance. Our services can help strengthen the support you offer your employees and our 24/7 telephone line ensures a constant support mechanism is easily available to all your employees. For more information on Croner’s Employee Assistance Programme call 0808 145 3490

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