Resources, Resilience & Results
On 31 October 2018, the Health and Safety Executive published figures relating to the incidence of work related stress, depression or anxiety 595,000 people were recorded as suffering from a new or longstanding episode with a loss of 15.4 million working days, in 2017/18. Work related stress, depression and anxiety is defined as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work.
Of course, measuring the cause of stress, depression and anxiety is extremely difficult due to the complex nature of human thinking, experience and behaviour. Work, leisure, social and relationship challenges play a significant part as do financial status, employment stability and general physical health.
The responsibility for health and wellbeing at work belongs to both the employer and the employee. There is a growing understanding of the importance of individual wellbeing and emotional resilience both within and outside of the work place. A review of employee well being and its impact on work place performance conducted by gov.uk, indicates an improvement in wellbeing and emotional resilience improves workplace performance such as:
- Labour productivity
- Quality of services
- Job satisfaction
- Increased initiative and influence
- Increased autonomy