THE IMPACT OF STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE
According to the Health & Safety Executive, stress is now the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive and their Labour Force Survey 2015/16, show that the total number of working days lost due to stress, depression and anxiety was 11.7 million.
This statistic however, does not cover the amount of working days lost due to physical illnesses. The reality is that stress can show up in many different ways, such as frequent colds, flu, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. The list is endless.
The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) 2015 Absence Management Survey, estimated that the overall annual median cost of absence per employee is approximately £550. So for organisations with 100 staff, that's an annual cost of £55,000, but for larger organisations with 1,000 staff, that is a staggering cost of £550,000, over 1/2 a million pounds per year.
In January 2016 the CIPD issued a Policy Report "Growing the health and well-being agenda: From first steps to full potential". This report is not just about introducing stress management programmes (which by the way I can implement for you as well) or access to Employee Assistance Programmes, but about implementing an organisational cultural shift towards health and well-being which spans across the whole of the organisation. Without this type of engagement or buy-in from across the spectrum of services and departments, then proven interventions as mentioned above, may not have the desired impact in reducing sickness levels.
Research findings in the report from PricewaterhouseCoopers 2008, points to 'a wealth of evidence in the academic and non-academic literature suggesting a positive link between the introduction of wellness programmes in the workplace and improved business key performance indicators". A case study with South Liverpool Homes who integrated well-being into business-as-usual, reported a 54% decrease in sickness absences within the first 6 months of implementation, saving the organisation £25,000. So if you are serious about saving your organisation some money as well as supporting the health and well-being of your staff then I would highly recommend as a first step that you read the policy report which can be found at this link:
HOW I CAN HELP
With my extensive experience in project development, management and business coaching I can offer bespoke health and well-being packages which cover consultancy, strategic development and implementation. In addition to providing consultancy services, I am also able to provide a number of workshops tailored to meet your organisational needs, such as:
- Stress Management
- Managing Stress in the Workplace
- Effectively manage and support staff with mental health problems
- Building Confidence
- Professional Boundaries
STRESS MANAGEMENT COACHING
I can also offer stress management coaching for individual staff members whose working life is being impacted by stress. This could either be work related stress, or stress due to other influencing factors. I highly recommend having a series of coaching sessions because this enables the coachee to practice and embed new skills and techniques to manage stress. It also allows time to look at various different areas of the coachee's life, as there is usually more than one contributing factor to stress. Experience has shown that six sessions are an ideal starting point.
Contact me today to arrange for a consultation meeting to discuss your organisations' needs - firstname.lastname@example.org - telephone number 0797 686 7775
"Improve Your Relationship With Stress"
This workshop is suitable for all staff and includes the following themes:
- Understanding stress and its impact on the body
- Taking a holistic approach to stress management
- Learning strategies to manage stress
- Identifying what support structures are available within your organisation and how to access them
- Motivation and it’s relation to stress, how to improve motivation
- A reflective tool to be used to help process challenging situations
- Personal Action Plan
Why Work With Me?
I have worked for over 15 years in the Health and Social Care Sector, both as a Project / Operational Manager and as a training facilitator. I am only too aware of the pressures faced within this sector and the impact that this can have on the staff.
As well as my experience of working in the Health and Social Care Sector I am also a highly qualified and skilled Personal Performance Coach, Small Business Coach and Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner.
Feedback from 'Improve Your Relationship With Stress'
"When I tried the different techniques I found I was really relaxed and stress free" Manager, One Housing Group
"I this this course should be made available to all as I think it will help relieve stress within the organisation and improve productivity, whilst resolving high staff turnover" Senior Team Manager
"Managing Stress in the Workplace"
This workshop is suitable for all line managers and includes the following themes:
- Guidelines from the Health & Safety Executive
- The “Inverted U-Model”
- Identifying sources of stress in your own teams
- Developing ways to reduce stress within your own teams
- Introduce a Stress Reflective Model
- Conducting Back to Work Interviews – how to identify if staff are experiencing work-related stress or if it is stress related to other issues.
- Identifying best ways to support individual staff members.
- Role play – managing stress using real life scenarios
Feedback from 'Managing Stress in the Workplace'
"I found the facilitator confident, helpful and very knowledgeable" Manager, One Housing Group
"All course content was interesting and it has made me consider how I act / react to the stresses of my team" Senior Team Manager, One Housing Group
Further Feedback Received
"When my organisation asked me to attend a Stress Workshop I was very apprehensive. I have all respect to people who use various techniques to control their stress but I felt that this type of workshop was not for me. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The workshop was delivered in a way that had a fun element but getting the point across and what this can look like and how people behave. It made me realise that how you as an individual deal with stress can help massively. Personally, the tapping exercises and breathing routines were really helpful and a couple of months on, I continue to use these, even down to my sleeping patterns and diet. I have also discussed in my team and hope that my organisation takes this forward as I feel it would be a great benefit."
Shalene Brooker, Senior Team Manager, Essex Floating Support Service