Stress can affect anyone at any point in their life. It’s a leading cause of sickness absence and can lead to mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.
70 million working days are lost each year due to mental health problems. This costs employers approximately 2.4 billion per year.
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Top Tips for Tackling Stress in the Workplace
Signs to watch out for
- Personality changes
- Poor work performance
- Increase sickness absence
- Becoming withdrawn
Employees should be encouraged to approach their managers if they feel something is affecting their ability to do their job well
How to tackle this
- Speak to the employee
Tell them you’ve noticed they have been acting differently and discuss why this could be.
- Change their working conditions
Could alterations be made to their working day? Maybe they could work flexible working hours or work could be reorganised to take the pressure off them.
- Refer them to an Employee Assistance Programme
If your company makes use of an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), inform the employee that they can speak to the EAP to gain further support.
- Consider if an occupational health report or medical advice is necessary
This can make recommendations which can further help the employee at work
- Regularly review the situation
Whatever action you take, continue to monitor the employee to see if they are not feeling as stressed or if further action should be taken.
- Be understanding and non-judgemental throughout
There could be a number of reasons why your employee is feeling stressed and providing a supportive atmosphere can be crucial to help them.
Speak to an expert
Do you need assistance dealing with stress in the workplace? Speak to a Croner expert today, on 01455 858 132.