Employee Wellbeing

Mindful Manager

Easy does it: How a trend to slow down could reduce work-related stress

Good mental health helps us to think, feel and act in a way that enables us to successfully overcome challenges, enjoy life and ultimately be happier – both at home and at work.

Yet, in our current high-tech performance-driven world, we often feel that ongoing stress is the price that we have to pay to keep our professional and private lives on track.

Technological advances create the assumption that people are – and should be – reachable 24/7, and this can lead to unrealistically tight deadlines. The cultural make-up of some organisations also, and often unwittingly, creates the expectation that their workforce needs to be totally dedicated to their jobs.

Employee wellbeing

The Link Between Employee Wellbeing, Engagement and Absence

Employee wellbeing, engagement and workplace absence are intrinsically linked

Employee absence is a significant cost for many organisations. An estimated 141.4 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK in 2018, the equivalent to 4.4 days per worker. Unsurprisingly, the working world is now desperately trying to find out how to address this because of the huge impact that absenteeism has on productivity. At the same time, organisations have a duty of care to their staff.

The Labour Force Survey results show that approximately 10 million days were lost to stress, anxiety or depression, and statistics show that these figures are worsening year on year. Stress at work, leading to long-term absence, has more than doubled since the 1990s, yet only a third of employees receive any support to manage workplace stress.

This is bad news for business. Many organisations are now turning to wellbeing programs in an attempt to combat the ever worsening stress levels, but it has been suggested that for some companies, this is simply a move to tick a box as opposed to a reaction to genuine concern or understanding. The CIPD suggests that the majority of employers are more reactive than proactive in their approach to wellbeing (61 per cent), responding to persistent problems rather than predicting what health and wellbeing factors might impact the workforce in future.

Positive and Negative: The Power of Mindset in the Workplace

Have you ever considered the incredible effects of mind-sets on the ways in which our brains operate? Recent research is quite fascinating; in short, we can apparently change the way our brains work on a physical level, simply by altering the things that we think and talk about! On one level, this is amazing, because simply by practising gratitude, we can rewire our brains for positivity.