Why Managing Wellbeing Matters
Stress is a normal reaction to everyday pressures, which everyone at some point in their life experiences whether it’s at work and there is a tight deadline which needs to be met or perhaps at home they may be financial pressures which are creating feelings of stress and anxiety. In the short term, if the pressure doesn’t continue for prolonged periods of time, the human body has innate coping mechanisms and will quickly recover as soon as the pressure has lifted.
Unfortunately long-term stress and anxiety has been steadily rising in the population for a number of years, even before the pandemic or the global challenges we are all experiencing today and when stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming and be harmful to both physical and emotional wellbeing.
In the workplace, pressure is unavoidable due to the ever-increasing demands and challenges organisations are facing. In deed in some instances pressure can be a good thing, when it is perceived as being at an acceptable level for the individual, as it can help focus the mind and provide motivation. However when pressure becomes excessive or unmanageable for pro-longed periods of time, it can lead to anxiety, depression and serious life threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia.
The World Health Organisation has referred to Stress as the health epidemic of the 21st Century
In the updated edition of the Stevenson Farmer report it was estimated that the total cost per year of poor mental health was between £2,100 and £2,900, per employee. A staggering £21,000 – £29,000 for a team of 10!
But the benefits don’t stop with the employees, healthy and happy employees support the building of successful and sustainable organisations which have:
- Higher levels of productivity and performance
- Psychological Safety embedded into the organizational culture
- Increased levels of engagement
- Reduced levels of absenteeism and presenteeism