Stress - a real problem in the workplace
Anyone can suffer from stress and indeed figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in 2009/10 an estimated 435,000 people in Great Britain suffered from stress caused or made worse by their current or past work.
This isn’t just bad news for those suffering from stress or depression; it also has major cost implications for employers if not properly managed. Research from the Sainsbury’s centre for mental health estimates that £8 billion could be saved by British businesses if mental health was managed more effectively at work.
Research has also shown that one of the major impacts on work related stress is how managers deal with the issue. Yet many managers may feel ill equipped to support employees suffering from stress and/or depression, even though they are keen to help.
So, what practical steps can line managers take to support employees? Here ate some tactics that I found very effective in my time as a counsellor specialising in workplace stress: