Work shouldn’t stress you out

Posted on News Jul 2013 - by Tandoori Magazine

Stress is a major cause of workplace absenteeism in the UK but workplace equipment supplier Slingsby believes many employers could tackle the problem by making some basic improvements to work environments and subtle changes to work patterns.

Figures from the Health & Safety Executive reveal the total number of cases of stress in 2011/12 was 428,000 which accounts for approximately 40 per cent of all work-related illnesses. The figures also show that the estimated cases of work-related stress have remained broadly flat over the past decade.

Lee Wright, Marketing Director at Slingsby, which supplies more than 35,000 products across all industries, explains: “Day to day work pressures are one of the biggest causes of workplace stress so employers must consider how they can ease the pressure that employees are under. This brings benefits to both employers and employees because people under stress usually work less efficiently meaning their work takes longer to complete and will be of a lower standard.

“One of the best ways to reduce stress is to encourage employees to relax at certain points during the day which means making sure everyone takes breaks away from their work stations. It’s also important to ensure that nobody in any organisation ever feels guilty about taking a break.

In fact short breaks throughout the day can often be more effective in decreasing stress than taking a full hour all at once. Plus, if possible, tailoring breaks to individuals and allowing them to roughly choose their own lunch and break times is another great way of enabling people to minimise their stress levels."

Lee adds: “Making sure employees are comfortable at work is also key to eradicating stress. Dehydration can be another simple cause of the physiological side of workplace stress so the importance of easy access to fresh water can’t be underestimated. Plus drinking lots of water helps to regulate body temperature which also helps people to feel comfortable while they’re at work.”

Finally Lee says: “Encouraging employees to exercise or participate in some form of physical activity, whether it’s cycling to work or going out for a walk at lunchtime, is another great stress reliever because it boosts feel-good endorphins and acts as a great distraction from the worries of daily life.”

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