A recent report has found that work-related stress is impacting on the quality of employee's sleep. Apparently, the average sleep-deprived worker will arrive late twice a month, resulting in the economy losing 221,000,000 hours. So here are 3 tips on how employers can help manage and combat this:
1. Introduce a Stress At Work Policy - make it clear what an employee should do if they feel that they are suffering from work-related stress. Sometimes just improving the lines of communication can help alleviate problems.
2. Train managers - line managers need to know what signs to look out for so they can recognise that an issue might be arising and can deal with it before it escalates.
3. Be mindful of the legal duty to make adjustments - if the worker is stressed out to such an extent that it causes them to suffer a substantial and long-term mental impairment that impacts on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, then the employer might need to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the individual is not disadvantaged. The type of adjustments will depend on the particular circumstances but could include allowing flexibility over work times.
MORE than half of Britons claim to be suffering from work-related stress and insomnia, a study finds. It can take the average worker 40 minutes to get to sleep with almost a third of adults visiting their GP about the problem in the past year.