16 May Reducing Stress in the Workplace
This week we are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week which this year is focusing on stress. We think it is extremely important for a company to implement as stress free environment as they can and adopting an open-door policy to encourage employees to open up to their employers when they are stressed. At Thomas Gray we work with Clients who offer fantastic employee packages and do all we can to find what is important to Candidates and discuss this with the Client on their behalf.
Below are some government facts about mental health at work and we have put together a list of changes companies can make to support their employees.
Stats from the Government website have said that over 2016/17
- 526,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing).
- 5 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
- There was a rise of 7% in those experiencing work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
With Human Health and Social Work Activities having the highest average rates of stress, depression or anxiety. According to mentalhealth.org, two thirds of us experience a mental heath problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.
What employers can do to help reduce stress in the workplace
- Be considerate to their employee’s family needs such as flexible working hours and remote working from home.
- Managers can lead by example taking their lunch breaks, leaving on time and using their holiday entitlement to show it is good to take time out.
- Promote healthy lifestyles by offering your employees gym memberships, healthcare or even a healthy fruit delivery each week. You can even install desks which convert to standing desks or encourage your employees to move around every hour.
- Encourage a social atmosphere by arranging lunches and events for the team to socialise and create a space where employees can go to be away from their desk on breaks.
- Value employees by being personal with communications and take an interest in their work and personal life. Be sure to keep your team aware of company changes and updates so they don’t feel in the dark.
Benefits of reducing stress in the workplace
By creating a stress reduced environment, employees become increasingly more productive, have better relationships with each other and employers are more likely to retain staff. Of course, a healthy balance of stress can result in deadlines met and greater productivity, but it’s managing when the stress becomes too regular and overpowering that companies need to better manage this.
At Thomas Gray we strive to support our employees with stress management and promote an open and honest working environment. We endorse a healthy lifestyle offering healthcare and gym memberships whilst encouraging lunch breaks and all holiday entitlement to be taken. If you are interested in a career with Thomas Gray and are an enthusiastic, career-driven and friendly individual, then email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more advice or help with stress in the workplace, visit www.hse.gov.uk/stress