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Published on July 25th, 2014 | by admin

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Dealing With Stress At Work

The implications of stress at work can be very serious for any business, but especially for SME’s who don’t have the luxury of larger staffing resources which can be redeployed where necessary to cover absenteeism.

Defined by the Health and Safety Executive as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them’, stress can lead to anxiety, depression or heart disease.

With the risk of mental illnesses resulting from stress at work, it is important that business owners of any size are familiar with the legislation contained within the Health and Safety at Work Regulations and take measures to mitigate the risk of stress occurring in the workplace.

From a practical perspective there are steps that need to be considered to mitigate the risks too:

Firstly it is important to be familiar with the signs of stress in the workplace including declining, inconsistent performance. It is also important to have an appreciation that stress related conditions could also be an explanation for absenteeism.

Secondly it is vital to understand and adhere to legislation related to working time which means employees cannot work more than 48 hours per week and must be allowed to take rest breaks on a daily basis.

Thirdly it is prudent to provide training for both managers and employees to enable them to understand, and deal with stress-related issues from the outset.

Finally, is important to have a procedure in place should work related stress become an issue in the office. This means allowing workers access to confidential support via counseling to ensure that as an employer there is no potential breach in duty of care which can have serious repercussions.

On a lighter note, we’ve highlighted previously on the Post Office Shop Blog about the therapeutic nature of popping bubble wrap as a stress reliever when it all gets too much. So when all else fails, keep some to hand as it might just help a little!

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