The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work related stress as “a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work”.
The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey show:
- The total number of cases of stress in 2011/12 was 428,000, or 40% of all work-related illnesses
- The main work activities attributed by respondents as causing their work-related stress, or making it worse, was work pressure, lack of managerial support and work-related violence and bullying
Work-related stress is a complex issue with as many subtle variations as there are people affected by it. Each year in this country there are over half a million instances where work-related stress results in people being absent from work, costing UK employers an estimated £3.7 billion. On average, each stress related absence involves 29 working days lost, a total of 13 million days. This means that work-related stress is now the biggest cause of working days lost through occupational injury and ill health. (Source – HSE guide ‘Tackling work-related stress’).
The HSE have identified the main benefits of reducing workplace stress;
- Reduced staff turnover and intention to leave, so improving retention
- Better absence management
- Fewer days lost to sickness and absenteeism
- Fewer accidents
- Improved work quality
- Improved organisational image and reputation
Benefits for individuals
- People feel more motivated and committed to their work
- Morale is high
- People work harder and perform better – increasing their earning power
- People feel that they are part of a team and the decision-making process, so accept change better
- Relationships – with managers and within teams – are better
- People are happy in their work and don’t want to leave
- Line managers can outwardly show their duty of care
- Line Managers can demonstrate good management skills that could help their promotability and career development.
- Lower risks of litigation – because they comply with legal duties
- Improved return on investment in training and development
- Improved customer care and relationships with clients and suppliers
- Reduced costs of sick pay, sickness cover, overtime and recruitment
- Better staff understanding and tolerance of others experiencing problems
Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy is a proven approach to reducing stress, tension and anxiety. First Step Hypnosis have developed services that can be beneficial to your company and its employees.
One To One Hypnotherapy
The stress, tension & anxiety reduction (STAR) programme is ideal for any employee who requires help to manage their stress better and to reduce and eliminate unwanted feelings of anxiety and tension. For further information please visit the STAR programme webpage.
Group Hypnotherapy Sessions
A 1 hour “stressbuster” session is ideal for small teams who want to learn basic hypnotic relaxation techniques that they can use in their everyday life.
Stress Management Training
Half day workshops, developed in partnership with your organisation, with the aim to better educate participants on stress, it’s causes and symptoms and how cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can be used to reduce stress in the workplace. Sessions can be designed to help managers support their colleagues, or focused on helping individuals develop their own skills.
All sessions are experiential and will include hypnotic relaxation techniques.
“Ian was commissioned to deliver confidence building to our 16 – 18 year old students, Ian really made sure that his sessions were interactive engaging and enjoyable. Resources were clearly presented and fit the session well. All students felt that their confidence had increased after the session and where given useful tools to use in everyday life when they may feel less confident.” Laura Brogden, St Helens Chamber
“Really enjoyable & informative”.
“Enjoyed content & was delivered at a good pace. Delivery was clear. Handouts useful”.
“I have really enjoyed this session and believe you have pitched it exactly right. I can’t make any suggestions to improve this session”.
“Fantastic session, I learnt a lot of different techniques to use to feel less stress.”
“Felt really relaxed at the end of the session. Some really helpful tips.”
“Really useful exercise to make you think about stress and coping mechanisms. Makes you realise how different ways of thinking can help you deal with life events.”
“Very useful & informative.”
“Very interesting – not what I expected at all – I’ve not felt that relaxed in a long time, thank you.”