The pandemic it seems has left more people than ever before feeling stressed, with disrupted social lives, cancellation of large gatherings, travel restrictions and working home alone for long periods.
Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
A survey by the Stress Management Society has found that 65 per cent of people in the UK have felt more stressed since the COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020.
The Stress Management Society is a non-profit organisation created in 2003 and dedicated to helping individuals and companies recognise and reduce stress.
Major cause of long-term absence
Stress can manifest itself in the workplace and can place immense demands on employees’ physical and mental health and affect their behaviour, performance and relationships with colleagues.
It’s a major cause of long-term absence from work, and it’s important that employers know how to manage the factors that can cause work-related stress. Stress-related absence can also have a detrimental effect on the business and its profitability.
Employers should conduct stress risk assessments and manage workplace activities to reduce the likelihood of stress developing.
Reducing work-related stress
The legal duty to ensure the mental wellbeing of staff means taking appropriate action in response to any employee who is suffering from stress and taking steps to prevent work-related stress from becoming commonplace across the workforce.
There are several ways for employers to meet their responsibilities and fulfil their duty of care towards their employees. These could include:
Make sure legal requirements are met
Work-related stress is a widely recognised health and safety issue, and failure to take appropriate action to prevent work-related stress or to support an employee suffering with stress could have far-reaching consequences for the business.
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