is this a true reflection?
Between 2018 and 2019 in Great Britain 602,000 people reported sick, suffering from work-related stress, work-related anxiety and work-related depression. 12.8 billion days were lost to work-related stress, anxiety or depression, with a financial loss to industry of more than £34 trillion.
What about the people who reported sick with a physical illness; because we know that stress and anxiety manifests in the body as physical conditions.
What about the people who hid the real reason for reporting sick because they feared the stigma associated with having a ‘mental illness’.
What about the people who took time off or annual leave instead of reporting sick, to avoid coming to notice, in case they were judged as failing, or unable to cope, or seen as under-performing.
What about the people who resigned or took early retirement or voluntary redundancy or even a reduction in post because they were unable to work in that environment, or with that particular person or do that job anymore, because of the anxiety it caused.
What about the self employed or those working alone a massive part of the population, who for many reasons couldn't afford to take time off, who were suffering severely with work-related stress, anxiety or depression.
What about the people who don’t report sick, who don’t ask for help, who take medication in increasing dosage or who self medicate with alcohol, drugs, porn, gambling or other means to avoid their pain, who become so ill they can’t work anymore, or they are sacked, or they die, or take their own lives.
What about the people who committed suicide because for them that was the only way out.
And what about families, because work-related stress, work-related anxiety and work- related depression affects those close to you. It eventually leaks into every area of your life.
So are the above figures a true reflection of the massive impact of work related stress on the company, on productivity and on the lives of those suffering?
This training aims to change working environments so that people don't reach this point, where the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety and the thoughts and behaviours at the core of work related stress are identified immediately and managed compassionately; by your leaders, by those around you and by yourself. A happier working environment is always a productive one.