Why it make sense to take action
Poor mental health is a growing issue for many organisations in a variety of sectors. Figures from the HSE show that in the year leading up to 2019, a total of 602,000 workers experienced work-related stress, depression or anxiety. This resulted in 12.8 million lost working days lost.
In 2018/19 stress, depression or anxiety also accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 54% of all working days lost due to ill health.
Stress is defined as a harmful reaction that people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work. This can be compounded if individuals are also dealing with personal challenges, such as relationship problems, bereavement or financial difficulties. The challenge of balancing work and home can also exacerbate the situation.
Poor mental health is therefore a significant factor impacting levels of absenteeism in
many organisations. Without appropriate support and adjustments in the workplace, there is a significant risk to productivity and performance. High levels of absence can also negatively impact morale and motivation.
Adopting a proactive approach
As an employer, how can you pro-actively address these challenges? What steps can you take to reduce the likelihood of sickness absence, enhance workplace morale and encourage the wellbeing and resilience of your teams?
Building Resilience through Mindfulness
There is a significant amount of evidence to support the positive benefits to
both health and wellbeing of regular mindfulness practice. Research also
suggests that an eight-week Mindfulness programme can make a significant difference!
The findings of a previous study regarding the effects of an eight-week mindfulness programme on a group of workers have been described as “profound”. The workers became happier, less anxious, more energised and increasingly engaged with their work. These workers were tested following the programme and their immune systems had also become “significantly stronger”.
Benefits demonstrated in clinical trials also include improved mood, greater autonomy, increased resilience and improved mental health.
The 8 Week Programme
The programme consists of eight weekly sessions. Each session lasts 1 – 1.5 hours.
Groups have the opportunity to share challenges and experiences. Individual and group progress can be tracked as the programme progresses and, on completion of the programme, each participant has a toolkit to support them in dealing with challenges,
minimising anxiety/stress and maintaining their personal resilience for life!
The positive effects can therefore be transformational and be effective over the longer term.
Stress Awareness & Wellbeing
Bespoke support, training and ongoing packages can also be provided to address specific organisational needs; such as ‘Stress Awareness’, ‘Wellbeing’, ‘Resilience’ and ‘Emotional Intelligence’.
Feel free to get in touch to discuss your specific needs and how I can help you.
Tel: 07538 275113