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Despite many employers turning to yoga and mindfulness classes to help relieve stress among their workforce, over half a million workers across the UK have suffered work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17. What’s more, it is one of the two most commonly reported causes of sickness absence. 
 
Add to this the estimated loss of 12.5 million working days a year, and you can see why employers are looking for ways to manage work-related stress. For instance, some organisations are offering yoga and in-house meditation classes to help their workforce de-stress, or mindfulness training to help staff cope with pressure at work. But are these alone actually effective in preventing or managing work-related stress? 
 
 
 
What is Stress? 
At some point, we have all said “I’m feeling a bit stressed” or “I’m stressed out”, but what do we really mean? 
 
Stress can be defined in a number of ways but at the HSE, we define it as: “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them”. 
 
Our definition distinguishes between stress and pressure as it is generally accepted the latter can be considered good for us and can act as a motivational force helping us achieve our goals. But it is when this pressure becomes excessive over a prolonged period, with no recovery time, that it can lead to stress, anxiety and depression and physical health conditions including heart problems, stroke, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and obesity. 
 
It is no surprise that an industry has built up to create solutions to work-related stress. Its focus tends to be on wellbeing; promoting mindfulness ; helping people already experiencing problems. 
 
As a result, some organisations are now drawing up wellbeing strategies and encouraging their employees to take up yoga or meditation and to just eat better and exercise as a means to de-stress. These solutions do not remove the cause of the work-related stress, meaning they cannot solve the wider issues in the workplace. 
 
 
Resilience Training 
Whilst resilience training does not remove the cause of stress, it teaches your employees proven tools and techniques to cope with the effects of stress. Resilience means being able to cope through prolonged periods of stress.  
 
With stress resilience training you can expect: 
improved productivity and performance 
reduced absence 
greater motivation 
 
To find out how Paula Ruane can help your employees, get in touch
 
Source: Personnel Today 
 
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