In support of National Stress Awareness Day 7th November we wanted to share some useful tips to help identify and minimise stress within the workplace. According to the CIPD*, stress is the second most common cause of short-term sickness absence. 48% of the public sector have reported a significant increase in 2018*. Employers have a duty of care to make sure their employees’ health is not impacted at work therefore, in order to effectively manage stress-related absence, an employer needs to be able to identify common characteristics of stress. Stress can effect each individual differently but common signs include:

  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Long working hours
  • Poor performance
  • Frequent errors
  • Indecisiveness
  • Poor attendance

Actions to prevent and minimise stress can be taken to help create a more mindful working environment. 72% of organisations said they will be increasing awareness of mental health issues for staff this year*. To promote positive mental health an employer can clearly communicate absence and wellbeing policies and make services such as counselling easily available for staff. They can also address extensive workloads by providing sufficient resources; training and development to aid staff priorities; adjusting work patterns and holding regular team wellbeing meetings.

Following an absence, an employer should hold a return to work meeting and this can be an opportunity to approach a specific issue, arrange a more personal, informal meeting or a formal, more in depth meeting dependent on the case.

SAM can monitor and analyse absence by department, term and line manager, so just ask for a free demo, if you are not currently benefiting from SAM’s great features. Just call 01924 907319, our team will be happy to help.

Alternatively, if you would like help with any of the points above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our sister company FusionHR by calling 01924 827869. Fusion support schools across the UK with counselling, policies, training and occupational health.



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