Tackling Stress in the Workplace

Andrew Willis

Andrew Willis

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18 Apr 2019

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Stress can affect anyone at any point in their life. Bupa study shows 44% of British people suffer from stress. Stress can lead to mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Absence due to mental health cost the UK economy £34.9 billion in 2018.


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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
  • Short-temper
  • Becoming withdrawn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

  1. Speak to the employee
    Tell them you’ve noticed they have been acting differently and discuss why this could be.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Consider if an occupational health report or medical advice is necessary
    This can make recommendations which can further help the employee at work
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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Do you need assistance dealing with stress in the workplace? Speak to a Croner expert today, on 01455 858 132.

About the Author

Andrew Willis

Andrew Willis is the senior manager of the Litigation and Employment Department and assumes additional responsibility for managing Croner’s office based telephone HR advisory teams, who specialise in employment law, HR and commercial legal advice for small & large organisations across the United Kingdom.

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