Work related stress accounts for almost half of all working days lost across the UK, in the last 12 months almost half a million working days were lost in secondary schools due to stress, depression or anxiety.
1 in 4 people will experience stress, anxiety or low mood at some stage.
Acting early can reduce the impact of pressure and make it easier to reduce or remove the causes. If managers are worried that an employee is showing some of these signs, they should encourage them to see their GP
Signs of Stress in an Employee
A change in the way someone acts can be a sign of stress, for example you may see a change in their sickness absence and timekeeping or symptoms such as
- mood swings
- being withdrawn
- loss of motivation, commitment and confidence
- increased emotional reactions – being more tearful, sensitive or aggressive
Other Useful Information
Stress in Education
The HSE has launched the talking toolkit as a framework to help line managers have practical discussions with staff on stress, this uses the HSE’s Management Standards approach focussing on 6 causes of stress at work (control, demands, support, role, relationship, change)
Recognising Teacher Stress
The wellbeing Service www.talkwellbeing.co.uk is a free NHS service in Herts offering confidential talking therapy and practical support for people experiencing a wide range of very common emotional difficulties such as, anxiety, worry, low mood, depression and stress.
Whole school approach to Mental Health
HSE Stress Downloads
HSE indicator tool (survey) and Analysis tool are downloadable from here:
Staff Wellbeing and Retention Advice and Support
Stress Management and Wellbeing Guidance for Schools
HSE Indicator Tool
Generic Stress Risk Assessment