Reduce the risk of long-term stress related absence with SAIFSupport

March 9, 2016   //   No Comments

A recent article by FitforWork highlighted a The 2015 report by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and corporate healthcare provider Simply Health, which found that stress is one of the most common causes of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees. Two-fifths of respondents also reported that stress-related absence in their organisation had increased over the past year.

Being in employment is generally accepted to be good for a person’s health, wellbeing, morale, confidence and feeling of self-worth. However, the demands placed on a person at work can sometimes exceed what they can cope with and this is generally when work-related stress develops. People who work full-time spend a significant proportion of their lives at work. If their workload is unmanageable, the working environment is not conducive to performing well, or perhaps relationships with co-workers or line managers aren’t as positive as they could be, people can become very disheartened at work, which can lead to a build-up of stress. Similarly, people may be negatively affected by what’s going on in their lives outside work and these issues, combined with work pressures, may cause stress to develop.

In addition to these everyday work pressures, professionals working in the funeral profession are subject to the further emotional stress of helping clients through the worst times of their lives.  SAIF provides members with SAIF Support, a free and confidential telephone and email helpline.  It is run by Professional Help, a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, which specialises in counselling for workplace stress.  SAIF Members may find out more about SAIF Support by logging into the Members’ area and using this link.