Shining a spotlight on stress in the workplace

Shining a spotlight on stress in the workplace during Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May) and the focus this year is on stress and how we cope with it.

At Springfield Mind we know that stress is a key factor in poor wellbeing. Making people feel valued and supported with good information and guidance can develop people’s ability to manage stress and improve wellbeing.

Amid finding time to focus on your entries for the Leamington Business Awards, we are asking employers and employees in and around Leamington to thing about addressing stress in the work place during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Is stress costing your business?

The Health and Safety Executive has some bad news for us all, in 2016 we lost 11.7 million days to stress in the workplace, one in three fit (read sick) notes issued by GP’s was for poor mental health and on average people signed off with stress are off for 23 days.

At Springfield Mind we have spent a lot of time working on solutions to help our community and businesses. Improving the mental wellbeing of business owners and employees helps reduce sick days and staff turnover and improves morale. Essentially a mentally friendly workplace will result in improved performance for your business!

Here are some ideas to get you and your business on track:

  • It’s time to talk

Get mental health on the appraisal agenda and start a dialogue in team meetings. The more open we are and talk about our mental wellbeing and stress the more people are going to feel supported and start learning how to cope.

Request a time to talk toolkit from Springfield Mind, get some literature and materials out and about that promote talk!

Encourage employees who are struggling with their mental wellbeing to get support. Springfield Mind offers free support to individuals through a variety of projects, get in touch!

  • Skill up your workforce

Training your Managers on wellbeing lays the ground work for the culture of success you are working hard to create. Managers need to understand employee rights and responsibilities alongside how to manage a team to optimise wellbeing and provide employees with an emotional attachment to the workplace.

How many first aiders do you have in your business? Now ask yourself how many mental health first aiders do you have in your business? The truth is we are 100 times more likely to have to support someone in crisis with their mental health than we are to perform CPR.

Get your workforce mentally aware – get an understanding in the workplace about how you can support one another to better mental health and to combatting stress.

  • Look after your own wellbeing

Let’s make time for our own fun and invest in enjoyable and relaxing activities that we and our families enjoy. Keep it healthy and there will be a treasure chest of resilience waiting for you which will kill off those stressful feelings. Restricting our time on social media & emails, keeping fit, eating well and spending quality time with family and friends will surprise you with a generous reward.

  • Measure your success

Are you starting to see sickness levels dropping, is your staff retention and motivation increasing and most importantly is your business performance improving?

These are Springfield Minds strategies for a mentally resilient workforce. Why not contact us to arrange a wellbeing conversation and see how we can help support you with workplace training. We have a 98% satisfaction rating for our training and for every pound you spend with Springfield Mind is another pound going towards supporting improved mental wellbeing across Warwickshire. & Worcestershire.

Our top mental health tips for employees

Encouraging your employees to look after their own mental wellbeing is really important – and here our some suggestions to get started:

  • Figure out what are the causes and signs of stress

What is causing my stress? uncertainty, being overwhelmed, lack of control, being under pressure. The causes might be due to one big thing but more often its lots of small pressures.

How are you feeling? irritability, anxious, racing thoughts, no longer enjoying things you used to like, loss of humour, loneliness and overburdened can all suggest you are stressed.

How are you behaving? eating, smoking, drinking more than usual, restless, snapping at people, constant worry, procrastinating, unable to concentrate.

Physical symptoms? headaches, high blood pressure, teeth grinding, feeling exhausted, sleep problems, tight muscles.

  • What can you do about it

Identify what makes your feel stressed, quite often regular issues or one-off events can trigger your feelings. Take a little bit of time out to think about anticipating these issues spending time planning and problem solving can go a long way to helping.

Time management can put you back in the driving seat. We all have a best time of the day when we can concentrate and be most productive, try and get the most challenging stuff done during these periods. Making a list is a great way of prioritising but make it small and achievable, things we don’t achieve just add more stress.

Keep yourself well, taking breaks and taking things slowly can increase your productivity. Let’s make time for our own fun and invest in enjoyable and relaxing activities that we and our families enjoy. Keep it healthy, there is a treasure chest of resilience waiting for you which will kill off those stressful feelings. Restricting our time on social media & emails, keeping fit, eating well and spending quality time with family and friends will surprise you with a generous reward.

  • Reach out for other support networks

Make time to talk to colleagues, friends and family about your mental wellbeing – encourage others to talk about their stresses and strains. By sharing our burden, we can support one another through challenging periods in our lives.

Springfield Mind has a vast number of tools to support you and your mental wellbeing. We offer a range of one to one sessions, peer support and walk in sessions at our hub in Leamington Spa – we also have hubs in Stratford and Warwick – or you can give us a call on 01789 298615.

Springfield Mind is one of the charities the Leamington Business Awards is raising money for in 2018. To find out more about the charity and their services, you can get in touch via:

Tel              01789 298615

Email           training@springfieldmind.org.uk

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