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Corporate Stress Management



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Affronte Corporate Solutions (ACS)  are a solutions provider for workplace stress and health related issues and, and as a member of the Institute of Stress Management Association  has undertaken a programme of education and training which meets, as a minimum, the National Occupational Standards. ACS have full spectrum of comprehensive services to support and enable organisations to build and retain a healthy and motivated workforce, please do visit our main site, Affronte Corporate Solutions for more information as to the benefits of health and well-being at work.

Stress affects one in five of the working population from the newest recruit in the bottom-line to the board of directors, and it is now the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK. Over 105 million days are lost to stress each year, costing UK employers £1.24 billion. (Source Health & Safety Executive)

Never has it been more relevant to address this issue as stress and common mental disorders are likely to be more prevalent now than in the last couple of decades, due to fewer people in the workplace who are overloaded with work, faced with a job-insecure market and managed by people who are understandably focused almost exclusively on the bottom-line.

Government statistics shows that by tackling workplace stress;

  • You can significantly improve working life for 20% of your staff, with all the knock-on benefits of reduced absenteeism and lower turnover.
  • For every £1 you invest in staff well-being, there’s a return of £3 in improved efficiency and productivity.

ACS will custom design packages to suit the uniqueness of your organisation with cutting edge training in stress reduction, integrating a  powerful blend of Emotional intelligence, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Cognitive Training and many other clinically-proven relaxation techniques to manage stress.

The “soft skills” of emotional intelligence matter more so today than ever before in today’s complex value driven companies’ who have to consider commitment to client satisfaction, employee’s health, owners/shareholders, the community and environment around them. Successful working systems leads to lower staff turnover, improved staff motivation which improves productivity  and leads to consistent returns.  Research shows there is a very strong relationship between emotional intelligence skills and performance outcomes. Investing in emotional intelligence can provide senior leaders with the time and knowledge to remodel their daily actions in alignment with organisational values and way of doing business.

ACS workshops and thinking strategies benefit attendees from bottom-line upwards and can dramatically bring about change in both their work lives, personal lives, and greatly improve communications and productivity. Whether as part of ongoing staff development, or for employee appreciation events and conferences, our programs are highly effective at getting the results you want.

What is Stress?

altThe Health and Safety Executive define stress as

the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other type of demand placed upon them’. 

This defines the difference between pressure and stress; pressure is seen as something that is experienced on a daily basis and can be motivating factor.  When pressure becomes excessive, it may result in an ‘adverse reaction’ to the demands at work due of the workload, deadlines, the environment at work, or colleagues. The effects of work-related stress can be psychological, emotional, physical and behavioural, and can short term or enduring.  Because everyone reacts to stress in different ways depending on their personality and how they respond to pressure, symptoms may vary.

Psychological symptoms may include:
  • Feeling of not being able to cope
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Lacking confidence
  • Loss of motivation and commitment
  • Disappointment in their performance
Emotional symptoms may include:
  • Negative or depressive feelings
  • Increased emotional reactions
  • Irritability or having a short temper
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Mood swings
Physical symptoms may include:
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Weight changes
  • Joint or back pain
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of blood pressure problems
Behavioural change may include:
  • Change in eating patterns
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Avoidances or isolating from others
  • Drinking alcohol, smoking or taking illegal drugs to relax

Why does stress physically affect us?

The ‘fight or flight’ response occurs when the body either prepares for aggression or to escape a perceived threat, which was useful for our ancestor who were hunting or escaping a sabre tooth tiger. The fight or flight response is an efficient physiological response designed solely for our survival, and has not changed over thousands of years.  The problem lies in the fact that the stress response is designed to deal with immediate physical threats but today the majority of the threats do not fit these criteria. Today’s modern employee usually suffers from long term psychological threats; however, the body doesn’t recognise this and triggers the same fight or flight response.

Today perceived threats are more likely employees subject to unacceptable behaviours, e.g., bullying or feeling that too many demands are placed upon them. Such threats cannot be dealt with immediately, so understanding the physiological mechanism of the fight or flight response can provide people with a sense that the “machinery” of the body can be manipulated in a healthy and adaptive ways to respond to stress. This helps to reduce the risk of developing other modern diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and  blood pressure problems.


Affronte Awareness Training Days

altAffronte Awareness training days are aimed at equipping staff and managers to understand and recognise the symptoms of stress, understand the legal issues relating to stress and help staff manage stress through a variety of techniques and are specifically tailored to your needs to ensure your organisation receives maximum benefit. We also intend to make the experience enjoyable and useful, the attendees can relax so their focus will easily maintained on what they want to achieve, rather than focusing on the negative impact stress has on them, it’s about moving forward, not looking back.

By choosing the right combination of services we aim to improve the your working environment by building stronger team bonds, improved communication and trust, greater morale, better creativity and problem solving skills A key cause of stress in humans is a feeling that issues are escalating to a point that people feel out of control, emotional intelligence tools gives people back their locus of control and put them back in the driving seat. Long term, this will lead to increased productivity and profitability.


One to One Sessions for Staff

We are able to offer staff programmes to support the individual health and well-being at work.  Here at Affronte we a have diverse range of skills on offer to  provide a number of options to suit your organisation, whether it consists of one to one sessions for example to support someone returning to work after sickness or to increase the performance of  any individual in any aspect of their performance. It maybe that a member of staff feels uncomfortable with using in-house services, this is where Affronte can extent a confidential service to meet the demands of your valued members of staff, offering face to face talking therapies to relieve any challenges that maybe overwhelming them. We work independently, or with existing Occupation Health Services.


Meeting Corporate Social responsibility (CSR)

The Business Council for Sustainable Development defines CSR as:

‘The continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large’

CSR takes into account the interests of employees and their health and safety. This includes the effects of work on the development of work related stress. Effective management of health and safety is vital to employee well being. Employers should ensure that as part of their CSR they consider the health and safety of their employees, including work related stress. This may include, for example, using stress management programmes.

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Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HAWSA)

Under HAWSA employers have a duty to identify and manage stress at work as part of their duty of care to their employees. This is known as the ‘general duty’ and it includes the mental health and well-being of staff as well as the physical health and well-being. The HSE Publication ‘Tackling Work Related Stress’ states that the general duty ‘includes taking steps to make sure that employees do not suffer stress-related illnesses as a result of their work’

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The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The regulation states all employers make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of;

  • The risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work.
  • Every employer shall make and give effect to such arrangements as are appropriate, having regard to the nature of his activities and the size of his undertaking, for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures.
  • Every employer shall ensure that his employees are provided with such health surveillance as is appropriate having regard to the risks to their health and safety which are identified by the assessment.

HSE published the Management Standards for Stress in 2004 based on their guide to managing stress in 2001.  The Management Standards identify six causes of stress and the standards are demands, control, support, relationships, role, change, and are essentially about risk assessment and controls to manage them. The Management Standards are termed as guidance but employers have a responsibility to identify risks and take measures that control risks under the HAWSA 1974 act and this act.

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ERGONOMIC WORKPLACE EVALUATION

Ergonomics is the study of human capabilities in relationship to work demands. In simplistic terms, ergonomics seeks to fit the person to the job and eliminate or reduce to an acceptable level, the risk factors that can lead to ill health, such as stress. Ergonomics evaluations can empower companies and employees to identify potential sources of stress, prevent escalation of stress related illnesses, and optimise working conditions.

The primary objective of an Ergonomics Survey is to review current practices and demand for training and awareness in the management of stress and establish how best to achieve this The results of the survey are used to make recommendations pertaining to Ergonomics training and factors that are discovered to be contributing towards a person stress levels.

Ergonomic programs seek to reduce factors contributing towards stress in the workplace and the consequences ranging from reduced productivity to significant time loss or long term disability with its associated costs.  Since the retention of human resources is a key factor in the competitiveness of your organisation is relevant to identify and address the major barriers to productivity. The working environment can be a major contributing factor to facilitating poor performance and heightening stress.  As part of our package we are able to conduct a workplace survey to discover the staff’s perceptions of their physical work conditions, we aim to evaluate the risks, discover the drivers within the working environment that are potentially stressful, why these drivers negatively affect some employees and not others, discover the consequences of unmanaged stress and the best starting point for interventions.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, your organisation is unique and so are the drivers of stress.

Disclaimer: The information herein is not given as a substitute for legal professional advice. If you have any legal concerns you should speak to a solicitor.


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