The Irish Times recently reported that anxiety, stress and depression are the second highest causes of work-related illnesses in Ireland.

The article written by Jenna Clarke-Molloy was published in September and suggests that recent data reveals that Irish workers are among the most stressed in the EU.

2 per cent of Irish workers experience stress at work either “always” or “most of the time”.

Some of the highlights from the article

  • Siobhan O’Shea of CPL Recruitment says “Because of the rise in anxiety and stress, organisations recognise the need to be able to offer their employees a way of dealing with their mental and physical well-being.”

  • O’Shea continues “Having a workforce who are healthy, happy and engaged has also been shown to improve a company’s bottom line. It makes sense as there’s less burnout, higher productivity and better morale and team spirit.”
  • Caroline McEnery, Managing Director of the HR Suite, says. “most organisations have some support mechanisms in place, but really the most important things they need to have in place are the mentor system, the buddy system, an open-door policy and that initial encouragement.”
  • Colin Graham from Facebook says the social media company takes a preventative approach “We break it down into physical well-being, mental well-being, and the other aspects of life like parenting and financial well-being. Ultimately, all of these things are interrelated: your mental well-being can be very much impacted by how you feel physically and how you take care of yourself, and also impacted by what you eat and how much you sleep, and if you have financial concerns or family concerns.”
  • Facebook holds health screenings, mindfulness classes, Pilates and yoga classes, financial well-being programmes, parenting programmes, and even sleep programmes.
  • German retailer Lidl runs a well-being programme called Work Safe. Live Well. Focusing on three core areas – physical safety at work, physical and mental health, and financial well-being – the programme is designed to take a holistic approach to the area of employee well-being.

    “The conversation around mental health is growing every day and so continuing this conversation and reducing the stigma around mental health is a key objective for us,” says Lidl’s Evanna McGrath.

Read the full story on the Irish Times website – How Irish businesses combat workplace stress.