What are the consequences of stress?

2nd August 2016 | By | Reply More

What are the consequences of stress?What are the consequences of stress?

Stress can have a very insidious effect on us, and can be damaging for employees and employers alike. Those faced with stress may start to experience poor quality mental and physical health, reduced motivation, low resilience, a heightened risk of burn-out and more.

Companies employing people experiencing stress may find themselves facing lower productivity, higher absence levels and decreased workplace morale. Employees may experience higher levels of conflict and aggression, and may become more prone to errors and accidents because of the impact of stress. This can have a knock-on effect on the quality of customer service offered by companies as well as their relationships with their clients.

Increasing workplace morale

Staff experiencing stress may be forced to take extended periods of time away from work or may leave altogether, leaving employers with new recruitment challenges. Reduced enthusiasm and job satisfaction can result in not only lost days of work but missed deadlines and orders not being fulfilled. If employers don’t take action to partake in stress management, boost workplace morale, they may be at risk of litigation, having compensation claims made against them and being forced to deal with workplace grievances, all of which can have a severe impact on company success.

The impact of stress

Employers are urged to encourage staff to air any concerns they have about in-work pressure. Too much pressure can quickly turn to stress. People can react in wildly differing ways to stress, which means whilst some employees may thrive on it, others may be unable to function in their roles. Stress can change how people behave, feel and think and even how their bodies operate. When staff are unable to cope with the challenges facing them, they may be unable to think clearly and may lose their tempers.

Making staff feel heard

HSE estimated that around 10 million working days were lost to work-related stress in 2011-12, with each person taking an average of 24 days off. Steps employers can take in terms of stress management include improving communication, asking for feedback from staff, ensuring their workload is bearable, making deadlines realistic, avoiding assigning unsuitable tasks to staff and showing the workforce that they are valued. Rewards and incentives can play a big role in reducing work-related stress, as can providing opportunities for career progression. Staff days and nights out can reduce friction and bring teams closer together, and operating a zero-tolerance policy towards bullying and harassment can also vastly improve workplace morale.
 
Can we help?

Our training courses are usually delivered in-house by one of our highly experienced stress management  trainers. Typical courses are run for a maximum of around 12 delegates, we are also able to train small groups and individuals.  From our experience, this number allows for the maximum of involvement, and encourages full participation in the interactive exercises and discussion sessions.

These courses can be delivered in most locations all across the UK, including Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland,if in doubt please just ask and we will confirm our availability.

Do We Offer Bespoke Stress Management Training?

In addition to the standard courses listed we also offer custom stress management training courses tailored to suit your specific requirements, should you wish to combine elements from different courses – or if you would like us to create a completely bespoke customised course.

 Course Duration Cost In-house Enquire about In-house course
Stress Management Training 1 day £949 enquire
Stress Relief and Stress Reduction 1 day £949 enquire

 * Travel costs are not included in price (charged at 45 pence per mile)

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If you would like to discuss any aspect of our stress management training courses.

Call Us 0843 289 1713

 

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