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April is stress awareness month and over the last 12 months there have been even more problems and issues causing stress. How can you prevent, reduce and manage stress in the workplace?

What’s the problem?

The rate of work-related stress depression and anxiety has increased in recent years, and the last year has presented new challenges that have never been faced before.

According to the Mental health Foundation, 74% of UK adults say that they have felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

It’s not just the people who feel this way that are impacted, it also has a big effect on business and our economy. Stress, depression or anxiety account for a huge 51% of all work-related ill health cases and 55% of all working days lost due to work-related ill health.

Recognising the signs of stress will help employers to take steps to prevent, reduce and manage stress in the workplace.

What should you do?

Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. The earlier a problem is tackled the less impact it will have.

If you already have a risk assessment in place, consider whether you need to re-assess the situation due to changes and challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Social distancing, working from home and all the other safeguards that have been put in place may have changed or created new stress. Stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not affect another. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability may all affect whether an employee can cope.

Employees feel stress when they can’t cope with pressures, demands put on them and other issues. Employers should match demands to employees’ skills and knowledge.

Six key factors to consider

Employers should assess the risks in the following areas to manage stress in the workplace. If not properly managed, they are associated with poor health, lower productivity and increased accident and sickness absence rates.

If you would like to know more about how Compass can help you prevent, manage and reduce stress in the workplace, including arranging training and counselling please contact us at info@compass-ms.co.uk