Why invest in managing stress?
Employers have a legal duty to ensure that all aspects of employee wellbeing – from health & safety at work to fair wages – are taken care of. However, when it comes to work related stress, it’s up to you. Businesses are not legally bound to manage stress levels, or help employees in dealing with stress. However, it’s quite likely that they’ll see some real rewards if they do.
Of course, catching stress symptoms early on and nipping problems in the bud could prevent a severe case of stress later on. Furthermore, reducing stress will inevitably lead to reducing absences, as stress contributes directly and indirectly to many illnesses and periods of sick leave. Finally, taking a proactive and personal approach to managing stress among your employees could lead to greater respect and loyalty in your workforce; you tend to reap what you sow when it comes to investing in people, and that is the intention at the core of the EAP.