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  • Writer's pictureKate Buchan

Why Stress Management should be part of your employee training programme

In today’s business environment the pressure of work can create a stressful and ultimately costly situation for the individual and the business.  Individuals can feel insecure, misunderstood and ill whilst businesses increasingly have to deal with the cost of absenteeism, staff turnover, presenteeism, poor customer service and internal conflict all created as an outcome of someone feeling under stress from tight deadlines, a heavy workload, too much responsibility and competing priorities.

Many employers don’t often look at the stress that may also be occurring in an employees home life (sometimes as a result of their work habits and responsibilities) and in many cases have limited sympathy when it does occur.  I have worked with a number of individuals whose performance have been suffering at work due to their home lives and the response from employers have ranged from “it’s not our problem” to realising that by supporting staff they will benefit from staff that feel their employer really appreciates them and support them fully which in turn makes them more loyal, engaged and more likely to have a higher performance.

Certain factors tend to go hand-in-hand with work-related stress. Some common workplace stressors are:

  • Low salaries

  • Excessive workloads

  • Few opportunities for growth or advancement

  • Work that isn’t engaging or challenging

  • Lack of social support

  • Not having enough control over job-related decisions

  • Conflicting demands or unclear performance expectations

Ensuring stress management is part of your training programme can equip employees to deal with the majority of stress situations and pressurised times wherever they may come from in a more positive constructive way.  Ensuring the business does not suffer and the individual becomes in the long term a more engaged, loyal, high performing employee.

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