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Stress Prevention and Management

 

Now available: Relaxation for Resilence and Calm MP3 download of guided relaxations

We provide

  • training for your managers in Recognising, preventing and managing stress in their staff (see Courses below)

  • training for your managers and non-managers in Building resilience for preventing and managing stress (see Courses below)

  • coaching for individuals in working under pressure (see Coaching for more details)

  • help with running a stress audit in your organisation to assess stress hazards and prevent their future occurrence

  • guided relaxations as an MP3 download to help with building resilience to stress

Some information about stress in organisations:

The Health and Safety Executive defines stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them”.

In 2011-12, 428,000 cases of stress illness were reported - these represented 40% of all work-related illnesses.

Employees suffering from stress took an average of 24 days off work.

(source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress/stress.pdf, downloaded 11.11.2012)

 

Employees who are free from stress will:

  • be healthier and more productive

  • be more focused and creative in their approach to work

  • have better relationships with their colleagues and customers

  • have fewer days off sick during the year

The Law on stress-related illness:

Employers can be liable (in a civil case) for breach of common law duty to provide a safe working environment, where such failure results in reasonable foreseeable psychiatric injury, provided that:

  • The employer was, or should have been, aware of the risk (i.e. some sort of injury was reasonably foreseeable), and

  • The employer failed to take steps a reasonable employer would have taken to protect the employee, and

  • The employee’s ill health was caused by the employer’s failure to improve the conditions of work

If an employee has let you know that they are suffering stress and have asked for help and you have not responded in a suitable way, you could be liable.

Courses:

Recognising Preventing and Managing Stress - a course for managers

It is recommended that this course is used as part of an organisation-wide assessment of stress hazards and prevention.

A half-day course which will enable managers to:

  • understand the main causes of stress-related illness and its significance in the workplace
  • identify their responsibilities in relation to stress illness and how they as managers can help with stress-prevention
  • recognise possible symptoms of stress in themselves and others
  • understand how different personality types relate to stress

Minimum 4 participants; maximum 12

Building Resilience for Preventing and Managing Stress

A one-day course (optionally followed by individual coaching sessions) which will enable staff at any level to:

  • understand some of the causes of stress-related illness
  • understand the nature of resilience and how it can be increased
  • recognise possible symptoms of stress in themselves
  • understand how different personality types relate to stress
  • use cognitive-behavioural techniques for preventing and managing stress
  • understand the benefits of relaxation and exercise
  • practise relaxation techniques
  • learn to manage emotion
  • identify the significance of personal locus of control in managing stress
  • diagnose other personal strategies for changing behaviour such as assertiveness, coping strategies

A shortened (half-day) version of this course can be provided to accompany the half-day course for managers

Minimum 4 participants; maximum 12

The individual coaching sessions are valuable for addressing issues individuals prefer to discuss one-to-one, in taking forward individual action plans and supporting behaviour change. Further sessions are available at additional cost if required.

Contact us to enquire about costs or to arrange a date to run these courses in your organisation.
 

 
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