Resilience training tackles workplace stress

A NEW training course will help Yorkshire staff manage harmful stress levels by teaching them how to become more resilient.


The free workshop, hosted by Mirfield-based Threedom Solutions and Leeds law firm 3volution LLP on November 6, is designed to help staff and their bosses protect themselves from the inevitable pressures of work.


Work absences cost the economy around £14bn per year with mental health conditions emerging as the single most widespread cause of long-term absence, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) earlier this year.


Figures from the health charity Mind also revealed that more than half of adults admit to drinking after work with 14 per cent saying they even drink through the day due to workplace stress.


Paul Ball, legal director and head of employment at 3volution LLP, said:


“According to recent research, the main causes of work-related stress are work pressures, work related bullying and lack of management support.


“These are all factors which come at a cost to business either in their financial performance, turnover or ability to adapt to the needs of the current economic climate.”


Janie Lambeth, a director at Threedom Solutions, a business development and human resources consultancy, added:


“Being resilient isn’t just about how you deal with the big life events, it is also about handling the day-to-day events, challenges and conflicts life and work present us. We can’t necessarily remove the challenges but we can minimise their impact. Ultimately, more resilient people deal with stress more effectively.”


The workshop, which will be held in offices at No1 Whitehall, Leeds, from 9am to 11.30, will look at equipping managers with the legal and human resources skills to deal with workplace stress as well as specific resilience training.


Cat Macdonald, a director at Threedom Solutions, said good HR practices ensured managers could deal with workplace stress more effectively.


They included:

  • Regular risk assessments and appraisals
  • Tackling the management approach to stress
  • Encouraging employees to seek medical help
  • Provision of a mentoring system
  • Having a helpline and counselling for employees


“It’s about the company ensuring there’s a balance between the workload and resources; being able to spot signs of work-related stress and being supportive rather than dismissive when they do,” said Cat.


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