In 2015/16 over 480,000 people in the UK reported that work-related stress was making them ill—nearly 40% of all work-related illness. Stress isn’t a weakness and can affect anybody at any level in an organisation, but there is still a stigma attached to talking about it. So, it’s important for employers to take steps to tackle work-related causes of stress and encourage staff to seek help when they need it.
This guide from Acas gives an introduction to the whole issue of stress at work, why it’s important, and lists steps you can take to begin to address it. It includes:
What is stress?
What causes stress?
Why should employers try to reduce the causes of stress at work?
Taking steps to reduce work-related stress
Spotting when staff may be experiencing stress
Talking to a team member who may be experiencing stress
This one-off training session in January 2020 will cover mental health awareness and the hallmarks of good wellbeing in the workplace, giving practical advice and tools which can be implemented in your work environment.
Every conversation a manager has with a colleague who may be experiencing mental ill health will be different. This PDF guide from Acas has tips for managers to think about when approaching such a conversation.
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