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Preventing work-related stress: An organisational approach

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Date: Thursday 13th February 2020

Time: 9.30 - 17.00 

Venue: Phoenix Centre, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DG

Trainer: Dr Roxane L. Gervais, CPsychol CSci AFBPsS, Chartered Psychologist and HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist

The sickness absence levels within organisations remain high in the United Kingdom due to mental ill health conditions, such as work-related stress, anxiety or depression. The very relevant figures for 2019 from the labour force survey show that 602,000 workers in Great Britain suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/2019. These figures consisted of new or longstanding conditions. This translated further into 12.8 million working days lost due to these illnesses.

For any organisation, regardless of size, industry or sector, it will feel the impact of this level of ill health within its workforce. In addition to the productivity, morale and performance issues that will arise if workers are not able to perform effectively, or are not within the workplace due to ill health, every organisation has a duty of care to ensure the occupational safety and health of its workers. Despite the alarm that these figures may bring to organisations, these are not figures that cannot be reversed. This is supported by the psychological evidence gained and enhanced over the years on maintaining workers’ mental health and overall well-being, while supporting their active and productive contributions in the workplace.

The evidence shows also that organisations that address those mental ill health concerns within their workforce attain a significant return on their investment. This, according to research by Deloitte, can be on average £4.20 for every £1.00, but can reach up to £9.00 for every £1.00 invested in workplace mental health interventions. This spend is significantly less than organisations would incur if a knowledgeable worker has to be replaced if this person has to step away from the job. The cost of replacing one worker by Oxford Economics has been estimated at £30,614, and for many jobs may exceed that figure.

This workshop will outline an organisation’s legal responsibility in managing work-related stress, which in turn can lead to work-relevant depression and anxiety. It will provide participants with evidence-based solutions that cover the triad structure within any organisation. These are the organisational level, the group or team level and the individual level.

Participants will leave with:

- an organisation’s legal responsibility of its duty of care to workers

- the legal implications of work-related stress

- an enhanced knowledge of what works in supporting workers’ well-being in the workplace

- the tools to prevent, and if needed, address the mental ill health conditions that can arise within the workplace

The cost to attend is £160 for SOM members, £195 for non-members.


February 13th, 2020 9:30 AM   to   5:00 PM
Event Fee £ 195.00