Younger employees most impacted by stress.
While these levels of stress are high, they are stable.
So, what can we do?
Our Consultant, Ruth Prowse, gives advice for employers on supporting positive wellbeing in the workplace:
Several factors can influence employees’ mental wellbeing – from opportunities for personal growth, fair pay, clarity on job roles to psychological safety and good working relationships.
However, there are tangible areas that organisations can start focusing on today that will help support employee wellbeing, including:
Our Mental Health First Aider and Content Lead, Russ Thorne, provides some guidance for employees on dealing with stress:
Generally, we’re built to cope with short periods of stress – it can help us focus and get through challenges. But we also need time to rest and reset afterwards. When we have long term, chronic exposure to stress and no respite, it’s a recipe for all kinds of potential health issues.
As employees there are a couple of things we can all do to manage our stress levels. The first is to adopt habits that help reduce it. A lot of the time we know what we need – regular breaks, consistent exercise, time outdoors, and maybe most importantly of all, sleep! We’re not always good at making those things part of our routine, but those little actions can make such a big difference.
The second thing is to be aware of what stress feels like when it gets out of hand, so we can help ourselves and each other. Chronic stress shows up in all kinds of ways, including:
It’s easy to dismiss these things as ‘feeling a bit run down,’ but taking early action can stop stress escalating. If you’re worried about stress, speak up. Talk to your doctor, call up a mental health first aider or wellbeing champion, speak to your manager or a colleague…there’s always someone you can talk to, and something you can do. Even if it doesn’t feel that way at first!
Unsure where to start with tackling stress in your organisation?
Ipsos Karian and Box offers a robust wellbeing audit and can help you to define a wellbeing strategy informed by best practice which takes into account your unique structure, processes, policies and culture to ensure you make the choices that will benefit your employees' wellbeing. Contact us now on firstname.lastname@example.org
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