This online training programme equips managers with practical strategies to identify and handle workplace sources of stress, letting them support their staff’s overall well-being and productivity.
It exclusively looks at stress management within an office environment, covering strategies specific to this work environment. Managers learn how to proactively tackle stress and create an office where employees feel calm, supported and able to do their best.
Work-related stress, anxiety and depression are significant issues in the UK, affecting 914,000 workers annually according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This figure accounts for more than half of all cases of work-related ill health. In 2021/22 alone, 17 million working days were lost due to work-related ill mental health.
HSE’s statistics also revealed that higher rates of stress were reported in professional and technical occupations, with a lack of managerial support being cited as a key factor.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 both place a legal duty on employers to ensure their employees’ overall health, including their mental well-being.
Specific duties include:
- Creating a safe and healthy working environment
- Conducting regular risk assessments that include potential sources of stress or anxiety
- Proactively addressing mental health concerns in the workplace
- Training employees to recognise signs of distress in themselves and their colleagues
- Taking reasonable steps to support employees’ mental health and well-being
- Accommodating employees suffering from mental health issues
Failure to fulfil these duties may result in legal consequences and financial penalties.
By completing this stress management training online, managers can support their legal obligations while also gaining the knowledge to create a more supportive and productive work environment.