Support at Work

Support mechanisms and provisions, or a lack of them, have a direct bearing on a person’s ability to cope with stressful or demanding situations.

These mechanisms include the encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation, line management and colleagues that enable your job to be performed with satisfaction and effectiveness.

The HSE standard is that:

Employees indicate that they receive adequate information and support from their colleagues and superiors and systems are in place locally to respond to any individual concerns.

The Management Standards which outline how employees should be supported are met when:

  • The organisation has policies and procedures to adequately support employees.
  • Systems are in place to enable and encourage managers to support their staff.
  • Systems are in place to enable and encourage employees to assist their colleagues.
  • Employees know what help is available and how and when to access it.
  • Employees know how to access the required resources to do their job.
  • Employees receive regular and constructive feedback.

When people are tasked with specific jobs or are expected to facilitate certain outcomes without the right mechanisms in place the chances of developing work related stress increase significantly.

Support at Work and Work Related Stress

Solving Support Deficient Work Related Stress

Work related stress tends to be dealt with in one of two principal ways;

  • Employers who provide support after the employee has become too stressed to attend work (crisis management), and
  • Employers who provide training and support before employees become too stressed (mental health prevention).

Although the second option is clearly the best solution, many employers fail to recognise the advantages of preventative, proactive support and tend to offer support (if at all) only once the employee has become absent from work.

Research into the cost v benefits of providing preventative support shows unequivocally that the costs associated with employees who are absent are significantly greater than the costs of proactive training.

Resilience Training

Lee Psychology have been delivering Resilience Training sessions to the NHS Integrated Care Boards (Sandwell & West Birmingham, The Black Country and Birminham & Solihull ICBs) since 2018.

Our training programmes are based on scientifically proven CBT pronciples and can be delivered as both group training seminars (half and full-days) as well as one-to-one personalised programmes (face-to-face or remotely using Zoom).

CBT Support

If you have employees who are struggling with work related stress (for whatever reason) we are also able to provide support using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Our 10 session CBT course is available in the following formats:

  • Self-directed Online course over 10 modules.
  • Clinically supported CBT course using our Online course with either 2, 5 or 10 face-to-face sessions (in-clinic or suing Zoom).

If you’d like to find out more about how we can support you and your organisation, then get in touch with Paul.

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If you’re looking to support your staff with their mental wellness, resilience or general wellbeing, then why not get in touch with Paul to find out more about how we can help.