There were 440,000 cases of work-related stress, depression and anxiety in the UK between 2014 and 2015 – the bulk of which were down to workload pressure, according to a leading performance, productivity, stress-resilience and wellness specialist
UK professionals are being urged to take an online survey – developed by a leading performance, productivity, stress-resilience and wellness specialist as part of Stress Awareness Month – to help the experts better understand stress.
The study has been developed by PW Consulting, which says that while the above figures are worrying, the important thing to consider is those who fall below the radar.
Founder Tricia Woolfrey, who developed PW Consulting’s A-HEAD for Success 5 Dimensional Coaching model and runs a series of retreats and workshops, said: “The figures depend on those which are reported, not those which go unreported, or undiagnosed, or even unnoticed – not only by their manager, but by the employee themselves. Some people simply don’t notice the stress they are under until they get burnout, and then it is a lot more work to get them back on track.”
Woolfrey has developed a number of packages, which range from consultancy and assessments to training and retreats, to help people and organisations overcome stress.
She said: “The first thing is to have employees – from entry level right up to the top tier – to understand the symptoms so that they can be spotted early on. Symptoms include irritability, loss of concentration, becoming withdrawn, insomnia, an increase in headaches, IBS and also resorting to eating more and drinking more as a way of keeping a lid on it.
“It is not unusual for individuals to be in denial about the impact of stress on them mentally and physically until the signs can no longer be ignored” Tricia explains. “By recognising the signs early and taking appropriate action to manage it constructively, without suppressing or repressing, it is possible to restore productivity, motivation and engagement.”