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Why Have Stress Management At Work?

Studies have shown that if the stress level is down by either you or those around you, productivity in the work place can increase.

Why not convince the boss to treat their hard working employees - it's for their benefit!...and it's TAX FREE












But Stress is Life?

Pressure is part and parcel of all work and helps to keep us motivated, however, this chemical reaction in our bodies is only meant to be for short periods of time to help us overcome the fight/flight current situation.

Excessive pressure /continually being in fight/flight state, body chemicals constantly being stimulated  =ill health of one type or another.  


Work-related stress is not an illness but it can contribute to problems with ill health, undermines performance, is costly to employers. As well as anxiety and depression, stress has been associated with heart disease, back pain and gastrointestinal illnesses to name but a few. 


From the age of 4, we are told to 'Sit Up', 'Concentrate', 'Pay Attention'. We are not taught HOW to relax, and will therefore commonly turn to stimulates like alcohol, coffee, cigarettes etc. Does this help long term? 


Work to live NOT live to work, by bringing down the stress in the work environment, will result in less stress outside of work leaving more FREE time to do what you want instead of what you need. 


Is it for my workplace?

It can be for ALL workplaces big or small. Some of the biggest companies have it i.e. Boots Uk

(productivity increased by 25%).


A few years ago there were even government grants available for CEO's of small businesses

(1-250 employees) to receive

stress management workshops including massage - if the CEO is able to cope with stress better

that filters down to the employees

. There is so much research into stress management at work that even the government was prepared to pay! 


News Items:


BBC NEWS 2014: Lost days due to stress rise by 70%

Sickness caused by stress rises by 70% among East of England public sector workers.


Managing Stress, Scotland On Sunday Newspaper


Daily Mail, Tips on how to deal with Stress



For every £1 you invest in staff well-being, there’s a return of £3 in improved efficiency and productivity.

Stress Management Society 


In 2009/10, an estimated 9.8 million working days were lost through work-related stress, around 13.6% of all working individuals thought their job was very or extremely stressful.  Health and Safety Executive HSE


Stress has become the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees. 

Absence Management survey. CIPD Oct 2011

Indirect costs of sickness absence have been measured as twice the direct costs typically around 9% of payroll costs

Norwich Union Healthcare 


Companies would be well advised to have in place a "Stress Management Policy" and an "Employee Stress Management Programme" or they could find they are faced with a spate of legal claims for stress-related conditions, caused by stressful work environments. 

International Stress Management Association


Stress is the 2nd most commonly reported work related illness   

Labour Force Survey

Illness caused/made worse by work: 400,000 cases of stress, depression or anxiety, 509,000 cases of muscular skeletal disorders=Around ¾ of new work-related conditions 

Labour Force Survey 


The annual incidence of work-related mental health problems in Britain was approximately 5,750 new cases per year. However, this almost certainly underestimates the true incidence in the British workforce.


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