Stress Awareness

In absence, business principles, health and safety on June 20, 2022 at 11:40 am

April was stress awareness month, although, of course, stress can occur at any time throughout the year. As an employer, it’s good to check in on your own stress levels and that of your employees.

It’s not practical to ask every employee if they are stressed and it probably would not give you any real insight into how they really feel; some people hide that they are struggling through fear of seeming incapable and would not want to share this with the boss.

Another way to help with stress in the workplace is to have regular 121’s with your employees. This is essential to keep communication flowing and an opportunity to get an update on work progress and any issues the employee may be experiencing.

Work-related stress can be the result of different causes and with low staffing and absences, those who are in work are often covering for others and may have increased workloads. Without the right support they are at risk of stress. Communicate regularly with your employees, show appreciation for those working hard to keep the business operational. Remind them of the importance of taking a break.

Another good option to help support employees is to have an Employee Assistance Programme. Health Assured are one provider we have worked with.

A Health Assured EAP is considered a strong and cost-effective measure in promoting a healthy mind, body and financially sound workforce. They are becoming very popular with employers as a way to give a welfare benefit to employees. Some of the services are:

  • A true 24/7, 365 in the moment support by a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited counsellors.
  • Up to 6 or 8 sessions of structured telephone, online or face to face counselling sessions, per issue, per year
  • Unlimited access to their very own in-house – legal, financial and medical support teams
  • Active Care- Day 1 intervention for stress-related absences
  • Access to the online portal and mobile app- My Health Advantage offering self-help guides, health checks and 4 week programmes to stay healthy in mind, body and financial state.
  • Work Health Assessments for incoming new members of staff and night worker personnel to receive the required health screening before commencing employment and working outside of daylight hours.

Premiums start from £500 ex VAT based on agreement for up to 57 staff as well as their immediate family members (spouse, partner and dependants 16-24 years old).

This could well be a positive benefit to introduce to employees if you do not already have one. If you are interested please contact your consultant who can provide more information.

If you would like to know more about this topic contact Rob Bryan Associates – 01462 732444 /

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