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Stress in the workplace

A new study carried out in the UK by You.Gov, on behalf of Virgin, has found that more than half of all employees suffer from burnout, severe anxiety and physical and emotional exhaustion in the workplace.

At Healthy Mind Coaching, we believe the most successful businesses are those who enjoy work; therefore, a smiling and enthusiastic workforce is productive and profitable.

Most employees and employers have had to adapt to increasing demands on their time, resources and capacity. The moments where we ‘switch off’ and ‘unplug’ often feel like they’re very few and far between, during the working day.

Deadlines, the constant barrage of emails, endless meetings and even the constant stream of social media all combine to leave our minds feeling distracted, our energies spent and our bodies wearied by the effort of it all.

Yet a healthy workforce who enjoy their jobs, and an employer who values well-being, can have a dramatic effect on morale, productivity and efficiency. Beyond this, the strength of our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing is the foundation our personal and professional lives are built on.

Having a workplace that promotes better wellbeing won’t eliminate stress, but it will help the body and mind deal with stress in a more productive way. Creating positive, healthy and nurturing cultures is the responsibility of both the employer and the employee; it’s a two-way street and both need to buy into the contract.

Invest in your workforce’s wellbeing

Here are three ways to invest in your workforce’s wellbeing:

1. It’s all about the people

People are the most important resource. Invest in people and they will thrive. This can be done in many ways – anything from implementing flexible working hours, to making sure the health and wellbeing of staff is always at the top of the agenda.

Investing in people doesn’t just mean investing in staff, but investing in customers too. Happy staff means happy customers. Combine these two and all of a sudden success speaks for itself.

2. Communicate effectively

Communication in the workplace should be consistent, open, honest and transparent; a huge amount of emotional and mental stress can stem from a lack of communication.

Good communication is the driving force behind every successful business. After all, people who don’t know what’s expected of them are unlikely to perform to their full potential. Be clear and positive in your communication at work and others will pick up on it.

3. Be Healthy

Most of us need to do a much better job of looking after ourselves, especially when we’re at work! If you have the luxury, then work in ‘sprints’ where you have concentrated bursts of energy, before taking 5 minutes away from a screen, a phone or a desk.

Get active at work, whether through after-hours clubs or lunch-time yoga sessions. Group activities are a great way for teams to bond and help relieve pressure that people might be feeling.

Healthy eating and drinking at work is another one that will be key to making sure the focus is always there. Lose the sugary snacks and replace them with raw veg and fruit while drinking plenty of water. It’ll mean higher energy levels and improved mental sharpness.

And if you ever get the chance, walk or cycle into the office. It means you’ll get a hit of endorphins rushing through your system before you settle into to the work routine.

Check out our workplace Training Courses

You can find out more about emotional resilience in the workplace, or about booking a workshop for your staff, by reading our Training page.

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