12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety last year, according to HSE.
Relationships, money problems, work; many things can put you at risk of burning out. As a manager it’s your job to keep an eye out for the warning signs and help prevent a burn out before it happens.
Here are eight ways managers can help.
- Group Income Protection (GIP) cover protects your team financially when they’re off work ill, and includes a range of Support Services that help them cope with stress and get back to work quicker.
- Our Early Intervention Service offers day-one onward absence management. Employees receive professional help from the moment they show any sign of stress.
- EmployeeCare is provided at no extra cost on GIP policies and is available to all UK based employees, not just those insured. They’ll benefit from confidential counselling, support with everyday matters such as finding childcare or eldercare, legal issues and debt management.
- Alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture or aromatherapy offer a small slice of peace and tranquillity in a usually busy environment.
- Management information highlights problems not spotted on a day-to-day basis. Various methods are available to gather information, including staff surveys, wellbeing seminars or simply monthly one-to-ones.
- Management training. Stress Resilience Training, available through EmployeeCare at an additional cost, can help you spot the signs of stress before it becomes a serious issue.
- Employee training. External or internal workshops can support employees with everyday stresses, helping boost productivity.
- Flexible working hours. 77% of employees who are offered flexible working say it improves their productivity.