There are three main reasons employers should look to prevent work-related stress and support good mental health; it’s the law, it’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.
Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, the law requires all employers to prevent work related stress to support good mental health in the workplace. Failing to manage stress at work can cost employers in reduced productivity, sickness absence, or even losing a valued member of the team.
The HSE's Working Minds campaign brings together a range of tools and support to help businesses and workers understand the best ways to prevent work related stress and encourage good mental health.
You can register for free online learning for employers that brings the Working Minds campaign principles to life. It’s based on the principles of risk assessment, with a focus on five steps:
Reach out > Recognise > Respond > Reflect > Make it Routine.
Stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not affect another. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability may all affect whether an employee can cope.
Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. They are often a reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, but can also be caused by work-related issues.
When work-related stress is prolonged it can lead to both physical and psychological damage, including anxiety and depression. Work can also aggravate pre-existing conditions, and problems at work can bring on symptoms or make their effects worse.