Dealing with stress in the workplace

26 November 2014

It’s important that employers recognise the signs of stress in the workplace. They might risk legal action against them if they ignore it or are unable to deal with it.

Stress is the major cause of sickness absence, costing businesses thousands in lost productivity every year, not to mention a great deal of misery to sufferers. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there were over 11 million working days lost in 2013/14. But despite its sensitive nature, stress and other psychosocial risks can be successfully tackled and reduced. Addressing stress is well worth the effort, leading to improved employee health, reduced costs relating to sickness absence and may lead to improved business performance. 

The European Agency for Health and Safety (EU-OSHA) runs a biennial “Healthy Workplace” campaign on specific Health & Safety topics. The main topic running for the next 18 month is “Healthy workplaces manage stress”. Plus the HSE has developed a website to support the campaign which has some useful information as well as details on how employers could promote what they’ve done to tackle stress. Part of the campaign is an award scheme where a business can enter a case study to be considered for a Good Practice Award or just to blow their own trumpet to generate positive PR.

Sutton Winson can offer practical support, and a business can benefit from:

  • A 24 hour confidential helpline manned by trained counsellors for all the employees 
  • A “model stress policy” and other advice on this important issue 
  • eLearning training modules on stress awareness for both; managers and staff 
  • eLearning training to deal with violence and bullying in the workplace 

This approach provides much more than just insurance as it looks at the overall risk management picture and how insurance fits within it. 

If you would like to talk to us about stress in the workplace or other risk management and insurance issues, please contact Chris on chris.hickey@swib.co.uk 

Categories: Employee Benefits & Healthcare

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Debbie Parker

Debbie Parker

I joined Sutton Winson in November 2011 as an Account Executive and now manage the Healthcare Division.  I previously worked for SJA International and Legal & General in various different departments.  I specialise in Private Medical Insurance and Group Risk Products and have been doing this for over 15 years.  I assist companies with their employee benefits and help find the best possible deal or solutions and I hold the Chartered Insurance Institute Certificate (Cert CII).

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Chris Hickey

Chris Hickey

After 13 years of working various sales roles across Bupa Global, I took the opportunity to join Sutton Winson’s Healthcare and Protection team. The culture change of moving to an independent broker was initially challenging, however Sutton Winson’s agility and ability to “think outside the box” has made this very rewarding.

Our team works immensely hard to ensure our clients receive a professional and human approach to our service, and I am very proud to be part of this team.

I hold the Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma (Dip CII).

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