Stress management

Aim: Help employees shift their view of health benefits, engage in preventative care, and be inspired to adopt new healthier behaviours that benefit individuals and their families
Activity: Development of American Express Services Europe Healthy Living Programme
Aim: To provide employees with access to psychological services and support managers to detect early signs of stress in their colleagues to prevent psychological and physical ill health and promote good mental health and resilience
Activity: Introduction of Employee Support Programme
Presenteeism means reduced productivity when employees come to work and are not fully engaged or perform at lower levels as a result of ill health. Why manage it? Centre for Mental Health calculated that presenteeism from mental ill health alone costs the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, while absenteeism costs £8.4 billion. Research shows that presenteeism is hugely costly to employers, but all too often ignored. Managing it well not only saves money in both the short and longer term, but also contributes to the development of an engaged and productive workforce. This paper discusses ways in which employers might be able to respond to presenteeism based on research and experience, as exemplified in the BITC Workwell Model (see above) for creating the conditions in which people can flourish. We hope it will stimulate further debate and more evidence of how to manage presenteeism in practice.
Presenteeism means reduced productivity when employees come to work and are not fully engaged or perform at lower levels as a result of ill health.
This Emotional Resilience Toolkit provides practical guidance in promoting the resilience of individuals and teams in companies as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme.