A recent survey by Viking, one of the largest office product suppliers, has revealed that a third of workers in the UK are stressed and have no one to talk to about it.
These findings relate with people’s overall levels of fulfilment at work, with 46% of those surveyed saying they had negative thoughts about their job several times a week.
Factors that contributed to these stress levels included:
1. Working overtime
2. Not taking enough breaks
3. Having no one to talk to
4. Job satisfaction
5. Pressure to succeed
Ultimately the responsibility for wellbeing and health at work is down to the management, but a recent study by CIPD shows that a third of organisations who identified stress as a top cause of absence are not taking any steps to address it. So how can employers put more focus on addressing signs of stress in the workplace and prevent problems from escalating?
Limit excessive working hours
Managers should encourage their employees to take their lunch hour and regular breaks and not work excessively long hours.
Monitor staff wellbeing
Welcoming and listening to an employee’s worries will make them feel valued which in turn improves their wellbeing at work. Setting expectations
Regular catch-ups will ensure expectations are met on both sides and install belief and trust into the team, reducing feelings of inadequacy.
Claire Bond, Director at Bond Williams, urges employers to pay attention to the human and business cost of stress. She says:
“Research shows that less than half of employees would tell their manager if they were feeling stressed and so it can remain an invisible but detrimental business risk. As such, prevention for all employees, rather than singling out stressed individuals, may be the best approach.”