Health Days or one to one Stress Coaching, are they of benefit to your Business?

Look at the evidence and decide for yourself

  • In 2005 28 million working days were lost to sickness of which 3 million were directly related to lack of exercise and 13 million to stress
  • In 2011 this had increased to 85 million, costing businesses 1.24 billion a year. Of which 28 million was directly due to stress. The average length of ‘stress’ sick leave being 30.1 days
  • 64% of people currently acknowledge feeling stressed at work
  • Occupational stress defined as a “Global Epidemic” (United Nations International Organization)

Outcomes of stress

  • Stress in the workplace encourages absenteeism, increases management time needed to deal with stress related claims, and makes people ill in many ways e.g. triggers 70% of visits to doctors, and 85% of serious illnesses.
  • Workplace stress affects brain performance, memory, concentration, and ability to take on board new learning.
  • When absent from work businesses not only lose a valuable human resource, but overall output efficiency decreases as work pressure on other staff increases, fuelling their de-motivation and susceptibility to ill health and likelihood of greater staff turnover.
  • Stress at work can create serious risk of litigation resulting not only in liabilities for damages, but also bad publicity and loss of reputation.

Aside from obvious humanitarian (staff wellbeing) and ethical considerations, there are strong economic and financial reasons for organisations to manage and reduce stress at work, BECAUSE:


Both Government and Health sources emphasise the importance of engaging businesses in promotion of and access to health and wellbeing resources for their staff.Those businesses who have already done so, have shown through collective research by CBI, MIND & EEF Manufacturers Organisation to have achieved not only a marked improvement in health and wellbeing of their employees and a reduction in sick absence leave, but also business growth and financial gain.

Most importantly, introducing a health & wellbeing policy which recognises importance of a stress free-working environment ensures employers and employees will be able to recognise when stress is becoming a problem and take effective preventative action to reduce potential stressors. Ensuring:


Centre for Optimum Wellbeing designed a business program which reviewed not only causes of workplace stress but provided effective self-empowering skills whereby the individual can become their own health & wellbeing coach both inside and outside of work. Thus ensuring personal and work place wellbeing were interactively strengthened. Due to retirement this program is no longer available, but your staff can still access a range of ‘free’ self-help information downloads by clicking on adult heading”