One in four employees experiencing workplace stress issues

That’s the worrying statistic revealed by corporate wellbeing specialist Workplace Wellness.

Jayne Carrington, Customer and Propositions Director, believes the statistics bear out the importance of employers doing more to help their staff. She says business owners have a duty to help employees  prevent and cope with workplace stress in all its forms.

She said: “Many employees calling us are deeply concerned about the uncertainty around their job prospects and the impact this would have on their family.

“Or they are faced by increasing workloads and targets set by employers who are often expecting staff to do more with less.

“It is imperative employers consider the true value of employee wellbeing. The benefits to staff are clear and a healthy and productive workforce means a healthy business and bottom line.”

When not dealt with properly, stress can lead to poor sleeping habits, ongoing fatigue, low energy levels, low nutrition intake and low levels of physical activity – which could all impact on productivity and an under-performing workforce.

While calling on employers to do more to prevent the problems, Jayne believes individuals themselves must also be wary of the warning signs and develop coping strategies.

She explained: “Employees do have a responsibility to look at how they can manage their stress, be more resilient in challenging times and adopt behavioural and lifestyle changes to reduce any workplace pressures.

“While employers who want to increase productivity, innovation and morale among their workforce should engage in intervention and wellbeing programmes to ensure that their employees get the support and guidance they need at the right time.”

“Organisations and individuals must work together to recognise both potential and existing problems and take steps to prevent and manage stress in the workplace.”