Stress in the Workplace
The HSE defines stress as “the adverse reaction that people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them”. Pressure is part and parcel of all work and helps to keep us motivated. But excessive pressure can lead to stress, which undermines performance, is costly to employers and can make people ill.
About half a million people in the U.K. experience work related stress at a level they believe is making them ill. Up to five million people are feeling very or extremely stressed by their work and a total of 12.8 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety in 2004/2005.
Symptoms of stress come on slowly and insidiously and sometimes they are difficult to recognise by individuals, as they have almost become part of their normal way of life. The symptoms of excessive stress can then go unnoticed and be detrimental to health.
Physical symptoms can include increased susceptibility to illnesses of all kinds including coughs and colds, flu and viruses, headaches, muscular tension involving the head, neck, upper arms, back, tiredness and there are many others.
Workplace questionnaires based on the HSE stress management standards are proving helpful in identifying workplace stress. have proved extremely helpful in identifying workplace stress and also helping the employees to cope on an individual and collective basis.
Once discovered, cognitive behavioural sessions help individuals and groups cope better with stress whether in the workplace or at home.
“When our people are happy and healthy, they will take better care of our business”
We offer a range of options to deal with stress in the workplace including:
•Private GP Consultations
•Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (‘CBT’)
•Occupational Health Assessments (Nurse or Doctor led)
•Stress in the workplace workshops
If you would like to arrange for any of the above services for your employees please ring the practice to ask for a quotation.