There are hundreds of thousands of cases of work-related stress in Great Britain every year resulting in millions of working days lost to employers. Indeed in 2015/16, stress accounted for almost half of all working days lost due to ill health. The prevalence of stress varies across industry sector and occupation type and is seen more in specific age groups but one thing is certain: pressures in the workplace like difficult deadlines, too much responsibility, poor management support and organisational change are contributing to the ill health of our workforce and impacting productivity. This is good neither for the employee nor the employer.
Many organisations tackle this by providing Occupational Assistance Programmes which seek to help employees with an array of issues related to money, health, family and work and this is a good thing. In the case of anxiety caused by workplace stress, however, these programmes are shutting the stable door when the horse has already bolted. At Well Life Counselling I believe that, in the case of mental health and well-being, prevention is far better than cure. How many days lost due to stress-related illness could be avoided if only our workforce was better equipped to cope with the pressures of modern day working life? What if they were provided with the awareness and tools to manage their daily workload and their emotional health better?