“Workers with high stress were over two times more likely to be absent 5+ days a year.”
American Journal of Health Promotion
The public profile of work-related stress seems to be increasing. Hardly a week passes without an article about work stress in a national newspaper. What is it about work in the twenty-first century that is so stressful? Perhaps this “epidemic” of stress is a result of technology, but it may also be due to economic uncertainty or changes in working practices.
Regardless of the cause, stress remains one of the most important contributors to absence from work. Estimates from the latest HSE – Labour Force Survey indicate that self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for an estimated 11.4 million lost working days in Britain in 2008/09.
11.4 million working days lost in Britain in 2008/09 due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety
The cost of Stress may be higher than you think
The average length of time that a worker is signed-off work with stress is six weeks. At an annual salary of £30,000 pounds that can cost the employer £4,153. If that same employee is responsible for bringing in income at twice his/her salary the cost of the stress related absence can be as much as £16, 615.
View/download our stress cost figures to work out what employee stress can cost your company: The Cost of Stress Related Absence
What are your responsibilities as an Employer to manage stress in the workplace?
Employers clearly have the obligation to assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities, and to take measures to control that risk. There is no doubt that controlling workplace stress has positive benefits for the organisation, ranging from reduced absence to improved productivity.
Whether you are a solopreneur or a multi-national corporation our stress relief workshops and one-to-one Business Leader coaching can help you drive improvements to the bottom line.
Why not consider the lighter side of stress relief as part of a Team Building day?
Stress Relief Services for Businesses:
We offer three different types of stress relief workshops. Each of the workshops is centered around “Destress at your Desk”, our signature programme of office-friendly stress relief techniques.
Workshops range from 2 hours to two days and can accommodate small teams or large groups.
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Business Leader Coaching
Business Leaders establish the vision for the organisation; they are responsible for managing the performance, productivity, morale and motivation of their people. Leadership can be a lonely and stressful place. A Coach supports the Business Leader to communicate with confidence, proactively deal with stressful business problems, build an adaptive leadership style and bring out the best their people.
Why not involve your staff in a more light-hearted approach to stress relief with a shortened version of our signature “Destress at Your Desk” programme or the creative “Design your own Stressbuster Superhero”?