This April marks the 20th anniversary of Stress Awareness Month, established to raise awareness of our modern stress epidemic. It is an opportunity to understand the challenges we face and develop intuitive pathways to mental wellness.
Of the forms of stress that impact Brits today, occupational stress is the most prevalent and perhaps the most damaging. Over 800,000 UK workers have suffered work-related stress and anxiety during the past year, accounting for 50% of ill health cases. The most common causes of occupational stress are excessive workload, perceived lack of control, and inadequate support from management. Health issues, financial concerns and sleep deprivation are the most common non-work stressors Brits face today.
A common misconception is that stress management offers few business benefits beyond improved attendance and focus. In truth, excess stress hinders all aspects of business performance, from retention and output to customer satisfaction, image and innovation capability. Tackling stress should be the priority of every employer.
Which is the Most Effective Stress Management Approach?
Stress is an individual response brought about by excessive pressures and demands. Factors outside of work and the scope of the employer are likely to inform employee stress. Thus, the goal is not to eliminate stress but to implement an action plan to mitigate its effects.
The HSE’s Management Standards simplify risk assessment and lead organisations to long-term, meaningful change. Employers may adapt this approach to suit their staff’s specific needs.
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Additionally, consider adopting the following practices to maintain a positive and productive work environment:
- Remain available to employees to address any mental health concerns
- Underscore the importance of work-life balance and unplugging during off-hours
- Encourage your team to participate in stress-management webinars and practice healthy lifestyle habits
- Most importantly, provide comprehensive resources to support your team’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing!
Employee Wellbeing is Our Priority!
Our CEO David Callaghan is all too familiar with the impact of stress on employee potential.
“If my work history has taught me anything, successful businesses require healthy, vibrant employees. When we prioritise the wellness and development of our people, we are rewarded with something invaluable: genuine engagement. MIT’s cutting-edge service package includes unparalleled lifestyle benefits, competitive pension schemes and 24-hour GP and emotional support services. In short, everything you need to maximise employee wellbeing and drive your business forward!”
Our cutting-edge services unlock business potential by addressing the primary contributors to stress:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Across the UK, mounting workloads and insufficient managerial support are making employees feel unseen and overwhelmed. Our confidential helpline service provides your staff with 24/7 access to professional counselling support and expert guidance, with a focus on work-related pressure. In many work contexts, managers are unaware of the extent of their employees’ responsibilities. Building resources to communicate one’s needs and manage stress is key to cultivating agency and work-life balance.
Health and Wellbeing Solution
Health concerns are a universal cause of stress and a primary factor in staff attendance and productivity. Your employees enjoy 24/7 access to online GP consultations and prescription services, enabling them to request specialist referrals and acquire information on surgical options, private hospital costs and even the length of NHS waiting lists. Additionally, we offer personalised fitness and nutrition advice and discounted gym memberships to help your staff remain healthy and stress free.
Financial stress stems from a lack of assurance over one’s present and future stability. It is not merely a matter of covering expenses but feeling capable of supporting one’s family, retiring comfortably, etc. Our tailor-made pension schemes offer great returns on investments, the value of which is accessible 24/7 via our dedicated valuation platform. Employees have the flexibility to invest in three additional funds and monitor their assets via any mobile device, relieving them of distracting financial concerns.
Staff are driven to upskill and enhance their knowledge but often struggle to identify useful resources. Through our integrated e-learning platform, your people can access over 100 accredited courses in numerous in-demand subject areas. Occupational stress isn’t merely the product of excessive pressure but feeling secondary or static in your professional life. Growth opportunities drive employee engagement by providing a sense of agency and direction.
MIT Tackles Stress at the Source!
Forward-thinking UK employers rely on our innovative employment strategy to protect their people from stress and drive successful business outcomes. Contact us today to discover how our cutting-edge services and Emotional Assistance Program can help you build a happy, healthy, and driven workforce!