Creating a supportive culture
**International Stress Awareness Week**
According to the 2019/20 Labour Force Survey 828,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in Great Britain.
A staggering 17.9 million working days were lost in the same period due to work-related, stress, depression or anxiety.
There's no doubt the numbers will climb for 2020/21. We know that a stressed workforce means absenteeism, but it also means lost productivity, which means lost revenue, lower profit, and a general downward spiral for the individual and business.
Stress has always been with us - think of fight or flight from way back when. We know a little bit of stress is good, but too much isn't.
How much is too much? That is where it isn't something can be easily measured. We experience stress differently. What makes person A stress, may not even make person B blink an eye. And what pushes person B to breaking point, won't feel the same for person A.
This makes it harder for organisations. A one-size-fits-all approach just won't work well. It may work for some, but not others.
It's about creating a culture of looking out for each other. For caring for each other. For checking in - regularly. For having a plethora of things in place for your greatest asset - your people.
There have been some really fascinating, informative posts this week. Stress discussions and posts shouldn't be just for International Stress Week - it needs to be an everyday, all the time topic.
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