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Stress Awareness


Did you know that work-related stress is the 2nd most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain? It accounts for 37% of all work-related ill-health cases, and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.

Whilst you can’t control everything in your work environment, that doesn’t mean you’re powerless. Even when you find yourself in a difficult situation. Whatever your ambitions or work demands, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of stress, improve job satisfaction, and boost your well-being in and out of the workplace.

While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical and emotional health which can cause accidents and negligence in the workplace, and affect your relationships and home life. It can even mean the difference between success and failure on the job so can knock your confidence.

Is your workplace stress getting too much? A little bit of stress can help you stay focused, be energetic and help you meet new challenges in the workplace. It’s what keeps you on your toes to prevent accidents or costly mistakes. In today’s hectic world, long hours, tight deadlines, and ever-increasing demands can leave you feeling worried, drained, and overwhelmed. And when stress exceeds your ability to cope, it stops being helpful and starts causing damage to your mind and body—as well as to your job satisfaction. If stress on the job is interfering with your work performance, health, or personal life, it’s time to take action.

No matter what you do for a living, or how stressful your job is, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your overall stress levels and regain a sense of control at work.

There are various steps you can take to help manage your stress;

1.       Track your ‘triggers’. Keep a stress diary and try and identify which situations create the most stress and how you have been responding to them

2.       How can you respond better? Develop healthy responses to the most common triggers.

3.       Take time to recharge. Don’t work through your lunch break. Even if you just go for a walk around the building

4.       Talk to your supervisor or Manager. They may be able to offer you a solution

5.       Get some support. There are a few ways Acorn Health & Safety can help you with this

·         We are an IOSH approved training provider and proud of our association with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the world’s largest health and safety organisation with over 40,000 members in 85 countries. The 1-day IOSH Working Safely course is for people at any level, in any sector, that will boost business performance and staff motivation, simply by showing how everyone can enhance their safety, health and wellbeing through everyday behaviours. This is a completely different approach to safety and health training: a high-impact programme designed to be fun and inclusive. No jargon, no legalese – just inspirational learning that’s enjoyable, stimulating and effective. Click here to view further information on the course. For Managers and Supervisors, we also offer the 4-day IOSH Managing Safely course

·         We understand that Health and Safety can sometimes be a headache with ever-changing legislation, conflicting advice and not to mention pressures of an ongoing workload. Whatever your health and safety needs are, our ‘Hassle Free’ retained consultancy service is here to help. We provide individuals and organisations, like yours, practical advice, knowledge and confidence on all aspects of health and safety, providing as much or as little support as you require. We believe that health and safety can be and should be, ‘Hassle Free’ so you can focus on what you and your organisation do best. As part of the Hassle Free package, you also receive a 10% discount on all Acorn Health and Safety training courses (including IOSH Working Safely)

If you’re unsure what to do with regards to Health & Safety, pick up the phone or drop us an e-mail, we are always happy to talk and offer an initial hour of consultancy free of charge and without obligation.  If you are in or near Bristol we’ll likely invite ourselves around for coffee and relaxing chat!