Workplace stress is attributed as being the single largest reason for sickness absence. The HSE reports that in 2013/2014 over 11 million working days were lost due to work related stress, depression and anxiety. On average, each person was absent for 23 days.
However, employees may go untreated. Taking time off as a temporary ‘escape’ they are simply storing up the problem for another time.
Stress is a normal, natural response. However, this becomes an issue when people suffer a harmful reaction (manifesting physically or emotionally) as a result of undue pressures and demands placed on them via their work.
And the effects can be wide ranging and commercially impacting:
– loss of concentration
– decreased productivity
– diminished communication skills
– antagonistic or emotional responses
– outbursts and unpredictability
– missed deadlines, incomplete projects
– unexplained absences
– extended absences
With physical manifestations such as:
– headaches or migraines
– joint and muscular pain
– low energy and low mood
– chest pain and rapid heartbeat
– frequent colds and infections
And can sometimes trigger the abuse of:
– prescription medications
– illicit drugs
Work related stress, leading to illness and absence, can affect anyone. However, studies support evidence that certain professions show a higher incidence of stress.
– Professionals, such as Investment Bankers, Lawyers and Accountants
– Doctors, Dentists and Health Care Professionals
– Public Sector Workers are THREE times more likely to suffer with time off work from stress.
We have developed a completely new and innovative method of supporting businesses as they deal with the issue of workplace stress, anxiety and depression. We are here to support the management team with their response to the issue – and the employee with an assessment and programme of treatment and/or workplace adjustments to support their recovery.
The process is simple and highly effective – providing an environment that supports and nurtures staff, reduces absence and mitigates long term issues.