As a personal development coach for many years I see first-hand the affects of work stress on individuals. They can talk to me and be open because I’m neutral.
For many talking about stress at work to their bosses is either brushed aside or minimised – “everyone is stressed, you’re not the only one – so just get on with it” or “you just have to work out how to work smarter” and if they are so stressed they pretend they are sick for fear of being brandished a problem or weak in the team, for needing a mental health day.
It’s all wrong!
Employee wellbeing is not about crisis management and fixing problems for individuals and teams. It’s about helping employees to live and feel better by facilitating personal development programmes that assist with positive lifestyle changes that really make a difference. Being proactive rather than reactive to a crisis.
It would be great if employers could take into consideration that everyone has unique thinking, stresses, lifestyles and needs so in order to gain their buy in, then it’s much better to give the employee solutions that provide choice and flexibility. Creating an inclusive programme, will increase overall engagement.