Managing Stress at Work - Guidelines for Employers
A nation-wide study has reported that Cardiff is the stress capital of the UK.
Stress and mental health at work is becoming an increasing issue for the UK workforce.
It is therefore crucial for employers to know what to do when faced with an employee who is or might be suffering from a mental health issue. Here are some basic guidelines:
1. Communicate with your staff, and encourage them to speak to you if they are facing any particular problems at work which may be affecting their ability to cope with work.
2. Train your managers to identify and support employees who may be suffering from a mental health issue, including stress, anxiety and depression.
3. Consult medical professionals, including Occupational Health, to ensure you are properly informed about what the problem is and how it may affect or be affected by the employee’s job.
4. Make reasonable adjustments for employees with mental illness to help them remain in work. In cases where such illness may be long-running and severe enough to amount to a disability, there is a legal obligation on you to do so.
5. Review the situation regularly: mental health issues can recur even if they seem to have disappeared, so it is important not to let things slide.