Workplace Stress – The Bottom Line
Work related stress is always a symptom of some other issue. It does not exist independently and never appears out of nowhere. It is the effect, not the cause. Trying to eliminate stress is not about pampering employees or wasting money. At a certain point stress starts to affect employees’ health, stress then starts to cost you money and productivity. It costs employers in terms of lost working hours and decreased or substandard production. In-fact, it costs the entire economy money, estimated at €100 million per year in Ireland. This is why harmful stress is now an actionable civil wrong.
Stress Matters is a turnkey solution for managing organisational stress. The analysis element of the system is based on the Health and Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Executive’s “Work Positive” framework. In addition to utilising this framework the system incorporates tailored training for groups based on issues identified during the internal audits. This training may include areas such as Stress Management, Assertiveness, Communication Skills, Time Management, etc. The training is needs-based and specific to each organisation. The system also facilitates individual one-on-one stress management for employees who want to avail of it.