Tailored training for managers to support stress in the workplace

We are offering bespoke support starting this month to help employers manage anxiety and stress within their workforce.

Our training team will work with managers in workshops to identify signs of stress in their workforce and provide tailored support strategies for staff.

Latest Health and Safety Executive statistics show the total number of work-related stress, depression or anxiety cases in 2015/16 was 488,000 (224,000 of them new cases), a prevalence rate of 1,510 per 100,000 workers. Both the total and rate have remained broadly unchanged for more than a decade.

Working days lost in 2015/16 as a result totalled 11.7 million – an average of 23.9 days lost per employee. Stress accounted for 37% of all work-related ill-health cases. 45% of all working days lost were due to ill-health.

“Stress is a factor across all sectors and can cause debilitating conditions among employees as well as disruption and short-term or long-term loss of expertise,” says local Relate CEO Angela Foll. “Our aim is to help managers identify signs of negative stress in themselves and have the strategies to support their staff showing similar signs at an early stage.”

The course will:
• Enable participants to define stress and what it means to them.
• Enable them to understand the effects of stress – psychologically, emotionally and physically.
• Increase participants’ awareness of the stressors in their lives.
• Raise awareness of motivational drivers and their effects in generating stress.
• Provide an opportunity to explore and practise coping strategies which reduce stress.

“By the end of the course participants will be more aware of the causes and effects of stress upon themselves,” says Angela, “understand how drivers affect their stress levels and how to reduce this effect and be more aware of suitable coping strategies which work to reduce stress levels among staff.”

To find out more call the Relate Bedfordshire and Luton training team on 01234 342503 or email training@relatebedsandluton.org.uk

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