April is stress awareness month

April is stress awareness month

5 Apr
by Suzie Business Owner & Senior HRBP


The Global Burnout Study from 2022, has found that employee burnout has increased by over 5 % in the last 12 months. Driven by one simple reason: leaders don’t really understand what the global phenomenon really is. Out of the 3,000 participants in 30 countries:

60% of employees surveyed were more likely to take a sick day.

23% were more likely to pay a visit to the emergency room.

40% of people stated burnout as the reason they left their Job in 2021.

THE RESULT! The Great Resignation

Research by Microsoft shows that over 40% of employees are likely to leave their current job in the next three years, and that the pandemic has made employees re-evaluate their priorities, with work now about much more than just salary.

DATA SHOWS Stress continues to be one of the main causes of short and long-term absence.

75% have observed presenteeism among employees in the workplace

77% have observed presenteeism among employees who work at home

60% observed ‘leaveism’ in their organisation over the last 12 months


  • Workload/volume of work
  • Management style
  • New work-related demands or challenges due to homeworking as a result of COVID-19
  • Poor work-life balance due to homeworking as a result of COVID-19
  • Relationships at work
  • Non-work factors – family and relationship issues
  •  Non-work factors – Personal illness or health issues  (CIPD 2021)

What else could you do for Stress Awareness Month?

  • Talk about Stress and it’s effects – lets work together to reduce the stigma that is associated with stress by talking about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues.
  • Share your coping mechanisms – if something has worked for you why not share it. It might benefit someone you care about and in the meantime, it might help you take your focus off your own challenges.
  • Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious – we are all undoubtedly going to experience stress and anxiety in our lifetime so treat others going through it with compassion and empathy.
  • Look after yourself – we all need to think more about self–care. Take time out of your day to relax or do something that you enjoy. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well, even when you feel too stressed.

The most crucial thing you can do when you are stressed or anxious is to make sure you are continuing to look after yourself. Make time to relax when you need to and learn to say no to requests that are too much for you.

This information is provided by The Stress Management Society, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping individuals and companies recognise and reduce the impact of stress and poor mental health.  They have stacks of great support material including a 30 day challenge that’s well worth taking on.

Click below to gain the access to free resources specifically created for the month of April. You can download the 30 Day Challenge, a Daily De-Stressing Planner, a Stress Guide, 7 Steps Achievement Plan, useful infographics on stress and much more!

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