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According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS) across Great Britain, stress has been responsible for 35% of all ill health cases at work and 43% of all working days lost due to sickness during 2014/15. The total number of working days lost due to this condition equated to 9.9 million days (or an average of 23 days lost per case). With such a huge impact, businesses cannot afford to ignore such an important issue.

This is why stress management for managers should be a part of the ongoing business strategy for success, because it is targeted towards key people that can help with the smooth flow of operations in the company. Helping managers to cope with stress not only helps them individually, but helps their subordinates and/or the clients they come in contact with, and the company in general.

Managers play a vital role in the organizational structure of every company. Whether they handle small teams, departments, or divisions, it is through its managers that a company cascades ideas and information, as well as organizational beliefs and values. Any concerns of employees within the rank-and-file are usually coursed and addressed through them, and they become accountable for their subordinates’ performance and well-being within the company. As such, they hold a significant amount of responsibility pressure on their shoulders.

One of the things a company can do to ensure that leaders stay healthy and productive, whilst continuing to do excellent work, is to help them manage their stress. Below are a few things to take note of for effective stress management.

1. Make it challenging, but not overwhelming.

Local hypnotherapist Liane Ulbricht-Kazan comments, “Stress is not always a bad thing. The problem is not actually that stress exists, but how much of it there is, how well we feel we can handle ourselves when confronted with it, and how we apply stress management techniques to use the stress as a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block.”

The right amount of stress (i.e. when it is perceived as being difficult but doable) can motivate people to maximize their potential, and perform at their optimum level. The result is that they can reach their goal. However, when the amount of stress becomes overwhelming or is sustained for an extended period of time (i.e. chronic stress), it can sometimes begin to develop into a “stress disorder” which can manifest in a host of physical, emotional, mental and/or behavioural health problems.

2. Ensure a proper work-life balance

The saying “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy” is very much applicable here. Without rest and recreation, we don’t have a way to empty our stress buckets, which is a metaphor used by hypnotherapists to describe the things that we’ve not yet processed. In the long run, this will stifle creativity and problem-solving skills as well as reduce a person’s ability to concentrate on tasks. It also causes major strain in relationships.

3. Foster a positive environment within the workplace.

Human beings were designed to thrive within a community setting. This is why primitive man existed in tribes and villages. We get a certain reward when we have positive interactions with others, and that reward came in the feel-good chemical that our brains produces called serotonin.

4. Make sure that managers also receive support.

Managers are meant to be the first point of contact for support, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need support themselves. Providing them with options like Solutions Focused Hypnotherapy for coping with stress let’s them know that the company cares about their well-being as a top priority.

The beauty of this approach is that it trains the mind to find the answers instead of focusing on the problem. Programmes like these can provide valuable life-skills that allow them to function within the innovative intellectual part of the brain, where we tend to see the solutions and cope with things appropriately.