Lessons for Leaders 48: Preventing Stress in the Workplace

Preventing Stress in the Workplace

This week, I chat with Charlotte Turnbull, Head of Employment at W Legal about preventing stress in the workplace. Charlotte has a passion for helping businesses to create great places to work, to promote a healthy workplace culture and improve employee engagement. 

In this episode, we discuss how the workplace can be a kinder place for the employees.

Preventing Stress In The Workplace

This week, I chat with Charlotte Turnbull. Charlotte is Head of Employment at W Legal. Charlotte has a passion for helping businesses to create great places to work; to promote healthy workplace culture and improve employee engagement.  In this episode, we discuss how the workplace can be a kinder place for the employees.

Preventing Stress in the Workplace

According to a LabourForce survey shared by Charlotte in today’s podcast, there are 828,000 workers suffering from workplace-related stress, depression and anxiety which has led to 17.9 million working days lost. Meaning this is an incredibly important part of our lives that we and employers must address. We delve further into this and discuss some possible solutions to this national health issue.

“Employees need to feel they can speak up and go to their manager.”

“We need to stop the idea that stress is a sign of weakness.”

“Managers can actively monitor what their team is doing – are they taking proper breaks?  Is there a culture that breaks are acceptable.”

 “There are some really simple changes that employees can do to get the best out of their people.”

 “There are rules and regulations around working hours and some organisations have completely ignored this.  Not only is it breaking the law but it also leads to poor mental health.”

Charlotte says, “We spend so much time at work, it’s really important that the workplace is somewhere that we’re happy” and it is so true. Not only should we keep going for our own reasons, but we must also be happy while doing it. We should feel more flexible during this awkward time, so why are the stress levels still high?

We also discuss the cultures that we gain from the workplace. Such as replying to emails after work time. Those who have listened before to the podcast have heard me talk about setting up those healthy boundaries. Adding an email signature, making clear your beginning times and your end times, setting up filters for emails to get back to. These are an important part of setting healthy boundaries and we go further into this.

What can managers and employers do to support their workplace environment and to get the best out of their employees? 

Charlotte also shares her one thing for employers to focus on and to save money.

You can find Charlotte at:

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotteturnbullyallop

Twitter: https://twitter.com/legallottie

Website: https://wlegal.co.uk/

The Workplace Wellness Club:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/workplacewellnessthatworks

The Workplace Wellness Club – a place to discuss all things related to Healthy Workplaces: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13931841/

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Emma Langton

Emma Langton

Executive Leadership Coach

Emma hosts the Lessons for Leaders podcast. Each week she brings you lessons, learnings, tips and advice to enable you to lead with ease in business, without stress, doubt and overwhelm so that I help you to increase your performance, be resilient and thrive in life. Emma has been providing coaching, training and therapeutic support for executives since setting up her business in 2011. Prior to that she spent over 20 years with people at the top of national and multi-national training and communication businesses.

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