If this were 1416, not 2016, would I be burnt at the stake?

If this were 1416 and I announced to you that I could accurately predict who would be most susceptible in your business to suffer from work related stress; if I then told you what the most likely cause was going to be, and how they would most probably react; giving you the capability to prevent such things from happening. Oh and if I were of the right gender and poor with too many or not enough children. This would be enough to qualify me for shouts of witch, followed by trial by fire.

Of course on the other hand in 1416, I’m not that convinced there were that many people in business with any interest or concern about stress in the workplace. I am also reliably informed that at that time HR was not that high on the agenda.

This is not 1416, it’s 2016 and HR is a big issue, and rightly so, stress in the workplace is a big issue also. My problem is, it seems to be a big issue when it’s all a bit too late! For me the biggest issue is the human side of this subject and the damage prolonged stress can inflict on physical and mental health. If that doesn’t interest you that much, then perhaps the figures might make you take pause.

Stress in the workplace is estimated, as an average, to account for the loss 23.5 days of productive time per employee each year! What that means in cold hard cash is somewhere between £70 and £100 billion per annum to the UK economy. If that doesn’t get you then you may well be reading the wrong article, but thank you for getting this far.

I don’t have to be a witch, and run the risk of trial by fire and neither do you. We can simply use the ASL profiling tool to identify stress trigger-points, their probability of becoming an issue and how to deal with them before the event. We can look at the overall Organisational issues that might play a part in the creation of a stressful environment, and put it right.

If we accept the figures and also accept the average salary figures in the UK published for 2015, then the worst case scenario is that one case of work related stress could cost £1,656 for each person that suffered from it. If you were minded to do a deal with ASL and use our profiling, we could help you prevent 24 employees from suffering from stress for the same amount. That’s not even thinking about the other costs to the business, such as loss of confidence, reputation etc.

I for one think it’s about time businesses started to take the prevention of stress in the workplace just a little more seriously. I decided not to mention the other benefits that can be gleaned from the same profile at no extra cost…