Stress – a force to be reckoned with

January 14, 2016   //   No Comments

 How can you help staff members deal with stress? stress pixabay

Whilst individuals have a major role to play in ensuring that they don’t let stress get the better of them, it’s not always possible for people to step back sufficiently from stressful situations and make the necessary changes.  So, it’s down to managers and employers to step in, where necessary. But many managers and employers question how they can support employees to help them keep on top of their own health and wellbeing whilst they’re busy grappling with the issues that are often most important to them, such as productivity, profitability and remaining competitive. But the fact is that if staff are feeling stressed and pressured, they probably aren’t working to the best of their ability, so it’s of no benefit to organisations for staff to be pushed to their limits, and beyond. Customer service and productivity may well drop, and mistakes and discontent may increase – and this certainly isn’t what organisations should be aspiring to.

Good communication within the workplace is essential to ensure managers recognise and are quick to put measures in place for those who are struggling.  For more information on coping with the ever-increasing problem of stress in the workplace, take a look at the blogs and guides on the Fit for Work website or call the free advice line on 0800 032 6235.

SAIF Members may also make use of SAIFSupport, a free and confidential telephone and email helpline, run by Professional Help, a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, which specialises in counselling for workplace stress.  Login to the Members’ Area to find the contact details on the SAIFSupport page.