Stress Awareness Day - The Importance of Supporting Employees

Claire Moore
Human Resources
Claire Moore, HR Adviser for Lovewell Blake

November 2nd is National Stress Awareness Day. Here are some ways you can help support your staff.

Claire Moore, HR Adviser for Lovewell Blake

National Stress Awareness Day serves as an annual reminder of the impact that stress can have on your employees. Stress, both in personal terms and in the workplace, is a pressing concern that affects both employees and employers alike. Whilst low levels of stress are not always detrimental, the World Health Organisation identifies adverse stress as the "health epidemic of the 21st century." Stress can manifest in various ways, from physical symptoms to psychological distress.

Managing workplace stress effectively can enhance productivity, reduce absenteeism, and retain top talent and the same goes for supporting employees during times of stress that is not brought on by work. Read on to explore how you can provide support to employees.

Encourage Open Communication

Fostering a culture of open and honest communication is the first step in ensuring employees can speak about stress and how they are feeling. Employees should feel comfortable discussing their concerns with managers and colleagues. Those are confided in should actively listen to employees' feedback and concerns, creating a safe space for them to express themselves.

Develop and Implement a Stress Management Policy and Wellbeing Policy

Organisations should create and implement a comprehensive stress management policy that outlines the organisation's commitment to addressing stress and promoting mental well-being. This policy should include clear procedures for identifying, reporting, and mitigating stress-related issues. A wellbeing policy will cover a more general approach on how the organisation manages employees’ wellbeing.

Provide Stress Management Training

Offer stress management training and resources to employees. These training sessions can educate employees on recognising and coping with stress effectively. Organisations can partner with mental health professionals to provide workshops and resources to support employees in managing their stress.

Promote Work-Life Balance

Encourage work-life balance through flexible working arrangements, clear boundaries for overtime, and paid time off. A well-balanced life can significantly reduce stress both in the workplace and in employees’ personal lives too, improving overall employee well-being.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAPs)

EAPs can be an invaluable resource for supporting employees, these programs should be promoted regularly to ensure employees are aware of the confidential counselling services and resources available to them.

Monitor and Evaluate

Regularly monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of wellbeing initiatives. Use feedback and data to refine strategies and ensure that they remain relevant and beneficial to employees.


A workforce free from excessive stress is more engaged, productive, and likely to stay with the company longer. By fostering open communication, implementing policies, offering training, and promoting a healthy work-life balance, organisations can benefit from a more resilient and productive workforce.

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