Stress prevention strategies should also involve the development of a supportive work ethos and climate, in which staff can feel free to be open about stress they are experiencing, in the knowledge that they will be helped and supported to deal with their issues.
When staff members are troubled, by home or work issues, their performance at work can and may be affected. Short-term counselling can often help many people experiencing barriers, such as long waiting list to access counselling services via their GP and they may feel that private counselling is beyond their means.
Many organisations now offer to fund a limited number of counselling sessions for their employees, which can have a speedy and positive effect on the individual, with a positive impact on work performance and team morale.
With the benefits of promoting mental health in the work place being well documented. Some key features relevant to all employees include the provision of necessary levels of support, praise for work done well, control over work and constructive feedback.
Benefits to the organisation
- Reduction in absenteeism and sickness
- Reduction in accident related disability
- Increased productivity
- Increased motivation
- Increase on self-management and decision making
Benefits to Employees
- Improved motivation, confidence and self-esteem
- Improved concentration
- Improved learning
- Improved relationships with work colleagues, friends and family
- Improved physical health including sleep patterns
- Reduction in stress levels