Tis the Season to Be Stressed!
- Date: Friday 5th December 2008
Employers need to be aware of seasonal stress, warn local Health and Safety firm SSG Training and Consultancy, who have in recent weeks seen a significant rise in stress related enquiries. Increased stress levels both in and out of work can lead to sickness, absence and ultimately it can have a major impact on business.
Preparing for the Christmas break along with home-life factors including present-buying, food preparation and family arrangements can all lead to increased stress levels in the workplace. According to the HSE, work-related stress accounts for over a third of all new incidences of ill health. Each case of work-related stress, depression or anxiety results in an average of 30.2 lost working days. With 13.8 million days lost to stress over the period 2006-2007, employers need to recognise this as an important issue.
Successfully addressing stress in a company can bring profound benefits. Not only is the workforce happier, but also increased productivity and performance which in the current climate must be actively encouraged.
Dr Michael Cash, SSG Operations Director recommends companies address stress issues particularly at this time of year. ‘The absence of a team member within an organisation particularly an SME, can have a significant impact on a companies output. With competition in the local and regional market ever increasing, it can be detrimental to the business as a whole. By dealing with workplace stress issues, promoting stress awareness and having a clear company policy, an organisation can have a more structured approach to dealing with stress as it occurs.’
For more information on Stress Awareness including the forthcoming CIEH Stress Awareness training please do not hesitate to contact SSG on 01752 201616.