FeelRite on Stress Awareness Day

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Stress at work is a major issue. Figures from the HSE show it affects one in five of the working population from the newest recruit in the post room to the board of directors and is the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK.

Mind, the mental health charity, estimates that British businesses lose £26 billion each year in sickness absence and lost productivity. It believes one third of this huge figure – around £8 billion – could be saved with greater awareness of and support for mental health problems.

So the 16th annual National Stress Awareness Day, taking place on 5 November 2014, provides an important focal point for businesses that want to rise to this peculiarly modern day challenge.

Organised by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), it aims to help individuals and organisations to recognise and begin making changes to the behaviours and lifestyles which can lead to excessive stress.

Improving mental wellbeing in the workplace doesn’t have to cost a lot. But the payback can be significant. In research carried out last year by Mind, three in five people said that if their employer took action to support the mental wellbeing of all staff, they would feel more loyal, motivated, committed and likely to recommend their workplace as a good place to work. WorkRite’s FeelRite stress awareness program offers a sensible starting point.

The online course defines what stress is and what it is not, and encourages people to look at their work and home lives to identify potential causes of stress. Once they are aware of these it helps them to pinpoint areas where improvements could be made to enable them to manage these issues better.

The course also provides practical information and tips on how to improve coping mechanisms with stress issues at work and home. Like all WorkRite courses, FeelRite features stunning graphics and compelling interactive elements designed to help maintain attention, retain information and improve learning.

At a cost of less than one pound per user per year, it’s a very small price to pay for the potential benefits on offer – both personal and financial.

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