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November 6, 2019

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National Stress Awareness Day

National Stress Awareness Day: Start the conversation about stress

Employers should use National Stress Awareness Day as an opportunity to start the conversation about stress in the workplace and enable their workforce achieve a happier and more productive mindset, according to Lottie Galvin, Mental Health First Aider at iHASCO.

stress“Whether we like to admit or not, our jobs can be a serious source of stress. Despite stress being a natural reaction to danger, when it develops into relentless pressure, it can have a hugely negative impact on our health. This makes raising awareness of how workers and employees can identify, reduce and prevent stress crucial to our everyday wellbeing.

“Employers have a significant influence over stress felt by their workforce, so it is crucial that managers are able to identify when pressure turns into stress and try to prevent it from happening in the first place. Stress Awareness Day is an excellent opportunity to have open discussions and start to understand problems before they escalate.

“Studies have suggested that most people who feel stressed at work do not do anything about it, even though acknowledging its presence is one of the most vital steps in alleviating the issue. About 20 years ago, the topic of stress and mental health in the workplace was completely taboo, but with initiatives like Stress Awareness Day, it has become a much easier conversation to have.

“The role of HR professionals in these discussions is key for a happy and more productive workforce, as their guidance, away from the main hub of an employee’s work, can shed light on alternative viewpoints and, most importantly, solutions. Having employees who can identify when they are beginning to feel stressed and reach out to someone who has received specialist training for guidance, or just a quick chat, is hugely beneficial to the individual and the business alike.”

Stress: A Workplace Guide

This guide from Barbour EHS features: Symptoms of Stress, Work Related Stress, Seeking Help and Support, Some Tools to Tackle Stress, Mental Health at Work and the Law.

Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing

Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

This free director’s briefing contains:

  • Key points;
  • Recommendations for employers;
  • Case law;
  • Legal duties.
Barbour EHS

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