Hypnosis for Stress and Work Related Stress clinics for the corporate world
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What is stress?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) define stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them”. There is a world of difference between positive pressure, which can simulate creativity and production and the harmful effects of pressure that is beyond a person’s ability to cope.
Why do people talk about stress so much today?
There is a growing awareness of the importance of health and safety and recognition that healthy employees make a far greater contribution to a successful business. People are more aware of the harmful effects of stress in workplace and the important part that duty of care has to play. As an employer we all know that our workforce become stressed at times but we are not always aware that there is much than can be done to alleviate the problems before they get out of hand. But this is not a new concept – psychologists have been studying work related stress since the 1950s.
Why do we need to tackle stress?
Apart from our duty of care for our employees; work related stress is costly, especially for small to medium businesses where providing cover for sick employees is difficult and expensive to arrange. Work related stress can reduce the effectiveness of employees and lead to higher rates of sickness absence. Research estimates that over 12.8 million working days are lost to stress, depression and anxiety each year and this figure is on the increase. Each new case of stress leads to an average of 4-6 weeks off work and costs business in excess of £15 billion every year.
Work-related stress is widespread. About one in five people in a stress study said that they found their work either very stressful or extremely stressful.
Of course not all stress is work related, many manifestations start outside of the workplace but still have an adverse impact on the running of a business.
What form does stress take?
Work-related stress is not an illness but it can contribute to problems with ill health. As well as anxiety and depression, stress has been associated with heart disease, back pain and gastrointestinal illnesses.
Is my company required by law to tackle stress?
As an employer you have duties under health and safety law to assess and take measures to control risks from work-related stress.
You also have a duty under common law to take reasonable care to ensure the health and safety of your employees. If one of your employees suffers from stress related ill-health and the court decides that you should have been able to prevent it, then you could be found to be negligent. There is no limit to the compensation your employee could get from this.
If you dismiss an employee because they have work-related stress, then an employment tribunal will treat this as unfair dismissal unless you can show that you acted reasonably.
Can stress be cured?
Clearly prevention is better than cure – for example, the kind of organisational stress caused by poor management or the lack of policies for dealing with bullying or discipline. Individual stress – relating to relationships or personal problems outside work – can also be reduced with the right kind of understanding and support from you.
But what if your employees are suffering from work related stress and you want to do something about it? Well this is where RMN Hypnotherapy has produced a specialist package aimed specifically at this market.
We can provide low cost in house corporate packages where we can deal with work related stress cases both as a group and on a one to one basis. Because of the specialist nature of the condition and the in depth knowledge of business practice held by Rod Newman our senior clinical practitioner he can carry out this in a suitable room on your premises, saving travelling time for your employees between appointments.
Right now, 1 in 6 workers are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress and costing the UK economy as a whole £26 billion each year. Businesses can save money by creating a mentally healthy workplace.
Employees who remain in work without the support they need cost UK businesses over £15.1 billion a year.
Lost working days
70 million working days are lost every year due to mental ill health, with 10 million working days directly caused by work-related problems.
Staff turnover as a result of employees leaving their jobs due to mental ill health costs £2.4 billion.