Today, 5th November signifies National Stress Awareness Day. It is reported that in 2013/14 there were 11.3 million working days lost due to stress, depression or anxiety.
A report http://www.cipd.co.uk/binaries/absence-management_2011.pdf conducted by the CIPD ‘Absence Management’ identifies that stress is one of the key causes of long term absence in the workplace.
It is easy to be flippant about stress these days but as an employer you must be aware that stress is a real medical issue and can seriously affect your employees’ quality of life. Employers have a duty under health and safety law to assess and take measures to control risks from work-related stress.
Here are some helpful tips to think about to reduce stress;
1. Always look for the positives in life, and things for which you’re grateful.
2. Offer to volunteer – the more you help others the happier you will feel.
3. Challenge yourself by setting yourself goals – this will help build your confidence.
4. Be active – Exercise won’t make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you’re feeling.
5. A problem shared is a problem halved – connect with people.
6. We all need to take some time from the workplace for socialising, relaxation or exercise – make sure you always have some ‘me time’.
7. Avoid unhealthy habits – don’t rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as a way of coping.
8. Learn to accept the things you can’t change.
9. Good time management means quality work rather than quantity.
Take control – remember there’s a solution for every problem.
You may also be interested to know that Acas has free advice and guidance to help in dealing with stress at work and you can download their advisory booklet, ‘stress at work’ from their website http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=782
On NOVEMBER 5th, 2014 ISMA asks that we all stop and think about what is causing stress in your life and do something little or big to make a positive change in your life.