how work related stress
and anxiety shows itself
The Health and Safety Executive defines stress as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them.'
Between 2018 and 2019 in Great Britain 602,000 people reported sick, suffering from work-related stress, work-related anxiety and work-related depression and 12.8 million days lost (hse.gov/statistics)
does this include...
The people who reported sick with a physical illness; because we know that stress and anxiety manifests in the body as physical conditions.
The people who hid the real reason for reporting sick because they feared the stigma associated with having a ‘mental illness.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
The people who committed suicide because for them they believed that was the only way out.
AND WHAT ABOUT-
The 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.
This training aims to change HOW WE WORK so that we 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.