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National Stress Awareness Day


Stress management has never been more relevant or important than it is today.  Recent research suggests that stress levels have doubled in the last 4 years.  This can be linked to increasing financial pressures, fears about job security and fears for the future.
“Stress is one of the biggest health issues facing employees today and is the leading cause of absence at work”
This means that stress is now a major problem for employees and for businesses alike.  It leaves me gobsmacked therefore that most businesses are so woefully ill-prepared to deal with this huge problem.  The cost, both to the health of employees and the bottom line of businesses, is colossal and action is therefore crucial.
“The cost, both to the health of employees and the bottom line of businesses, is colossal and action is therefore crucial.”

That is why I am supporting National Stress Awareness Day on 2nd November 2011.  This is the 13th of these and is aimed at celebrating beating stress!  The theme this year is “Wellbeing and Resilience at Work”, which fits perfectly with our own experience and expertise of helping others cope more effectively.  Our commercial team have a wide range of services and products that support wellbeing at work and are aimed at easing this significant workplace problem.  I know that our support, services and products can make a real difference to the lives of people suffering the horribly debilitating effects of stress, and to businesses who can see a huge return on any investment they make in stress management programmes.
For more information on our services and how we may be able to help, contact Emma Carty.  For more information on National Stress Awareness Day visit www.isma.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-day/

CIPD Absence Management Report

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I read with interest the recently published CIPD report on Absence Management.  This annual survey often shows some interesting developments and this years was no different.  It seems now that stress is the leading cause of absence for both manual and non-manual workers and that mental health problems have also increased within the workplace.

It went on to report that absence was costing employers around £836 per person and that in most organisations managers were under prepared to deal with this increase in stress related absence.
‘Absence costs employers around £836 per person’ CIPD report
This is a startling finding and questions the ability of managers to support vulnerable colleagues in the workplace, which is exactly why I am delighted that we have a range of solutions designed to address exactly these needs.  Support and training for managers is crucial, but it is also vital to give the individual the tools to recognise and manage the symptoms of stress.  RBLI courses give people these important tools and can help in the ongoing management of stress and depression in one’s life, whether at home or at work.


RBLI courses give people important tools and can help in the ongoing management of stress and depression in one’s life, whether at home or at work.’
Our team of consultants, led by Sharon Patmore our Occupational Psychologist, have designed ever more effective tools to support staff and managers.  We, at RBLI are here to help individuals, managers and businesses perform to optimum efficiency. For more information about our courses click here.