Why Take Stress in the Workplace Seriously?

After all, ensuring positive staff mental well-being is all airy fairy nonsense, right? Well, not really, especially when stressed employees are costing UK businesses money- £30.3 billion per year in fact!

Why take stress in the workplace seriously?

After all, ensuring positive staff mental well-being is all airy fairy nonsense, right?

Well, not really, especially when stressed employees are costing UK businesses money- £30.3 billion per year in fact!

Yes it is true that pressure can be good for some employees and spur them on to do well, but stress for the most part has a negative effect on a business’s productivity:

  • 93% of UK businesses say that personal worries and stress can adversely affect staff performance at work (YouGov January 2015).
  • 70 million working days are lost each year due to mental ill health (Centre for Mental Health)
  • 1 in 5 people take a day off work due to stress, of which 93% lie about the real reason for their absence (Mind)

Unfortunately, things don’t seem to be getting any easier. The fast-paced society we live in means it is harder to maintain a good work-life balance and this leads to increased stress for individuals. It is because of this that in the last 6 years, the number of working days lost to stress has increased by a quarter.

But all is not lost. The Centre for Mental Health has proven that simple steps to improve the management of stress in the workplace should enable employers to save 30% or more of stress related costs. We can help with that!

Contact us today on 0121 270 2000 or email us at info@altruistuk.com and see how we can assist you. 

Katie attended the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she set up Altruist in 2013. Since then, Katie has won various awards including Birmingham Mail's Young Achiever of the Year 2017, New Entrepreneurs Foundation 'Future Face of Business' and Entrepreneurial Spark's 'Most Accelerated Business'. She has also been a finalist in nine other award categories and in 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious 'Women of the Year Lunch' in honour of her work raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.

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