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The Equality Act became law in October 2010. It replaces previous legislation (such as the Race Relations Act, 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995) and ensures consistency in what you need to do to make your workplace a fair environment and to comply with the law.

Is your business, aware of this legal requirement. If not, your business may be at risk. Fully Focused Solutions supports businesses to increase Profits and Productivity by reducing sickness absence in the workplace.

Reduced productivity, employees who remain in work without the support they need costs UK businesses up to £15.1 billion a year.

Right now, 1 in 6 workers are experiencing stress, depression or anxiety and costing the UK economy £26 billion each year.*

Mixed anxiety and depression are the most common disorders in Britain.

Sources: National Mind, 2012, Mental Health Foundation Trust, Department of Health, Mental Health Statistics, 2012. *National Mind Statistics for 2012.

What to look for

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TO LOOK FOR

Early intervention, awareness of yourself and those around you, is key in order to avoid longer-term sickness absence from the workplace.
NOTE: You should never self-diagnose. if you have any concerns surrounding your mood or the way you are feeling you should always arrange an appointment with your General Practitioner (GP), or your companies Occupational Health Team for professional advice and medical support. Do not suffer in silence.

 
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STRESS

The symptoms of stress often build up gradually before you start to notice them. Stress can affect how you feel, how you think, how you behave and how your body works.


Your feelings - Irritable, anxious, low in self-esteem, low in mood.

Your thoughts - Racing thoughts, worry constantly, imagine the worst. Go over and over things.

STRESS

The symptoms of stress often build up gradually before you start to notice them. Stress can affect how you feel, how you think, how you behave and how your body works.

Your behaviour - Lose your temper easily, drink or smoke more, on the go all the time, talking more or talking faster, change your eating habits, feel unsociable, forgetful or clumsy, act unreasonably, difficult to concentrate.

Your body - Experience: headaches, muscle tension and pain, stomach problems, sweating, dizziness, bowel or bladder problems, breathlessness, dry mouth, sexual problems.

MILD DEPRESSION

Feeling unusually sad in mood. Loss of enjoyment or interest in everyday activities. Lack of energy, feeling tired. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much. Loss of confidence in self or low self-esteem. Feeling guilty. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions. Moving more slowly. Becoming agitated and unable to settle. Loss of interest in food or eating too much. Feelings that you would better off dead.

MODERATE DEPRESSION

Regularly feeling sad in mood that will not go away. Loss of enjoyment or interest in activities that used to be enjoyable. Lack of energy, feeling tired. Loss of confidence in self or low self-esteem. Feeling guilty. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping to much. Moving more slowly. Becoming agitated and unable to settle. Loss of interest in food or eating too much. Feelings you would be better off dead.

SEVERE DEPRESSION

Feel unusually sad in mood for prolonged periods of time. Experience loss of enjoyment or interest in activities that used to be enjoyable. Lack of energy, tiredness. Loss of confidence in self or low self-esteem. Feeling guilty when things are not your fault. Trouble concentrating or making decisions. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much. Moving more slowly. Feeling agitated or unable to settle. Loss of interest in food or eating too much. Feelings you would be better off dead.

ANXIETY

Anxiety can have an effect on both your body and your mind.

Short-term effects: Increased muscular tension can cause discomfort and headaches. Rapid breathing may make you feel light-headed and shaky, and give you pins and needles. Rising blood pressure can make you more aware of a pounding heart. Changes in the blood supply to your digestive system may cause nausea and sickness. You may feel an urgent need to visit the toilet, and get 'butterflies' in your stomach.

ANXIETY

Anxiety can have an effect on both your body and your mind.

Long-term effects: Fear combined with tension and lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, lowering your resistance to infection. Increased blood pressure can cause heart or kidney problems, and contribute to the chances of having a stroke. You may experience digestive difficulties. You may also feel depressed.

MILD ANXIETY ATTACK

Emotional Symptoms: Feelings of apprehension or dread. Trouble concentrating. Tense or jumpy. Anticipating the worst. Irritability. Restlessness. Feeling detached or unreal. Watching for signs of danger all the time. Feeling like your mind's gone blank. Mood changes. Surges of overwhelming panic. Feelings of loss or control or going crazy. Feeling exhausted. Repetitive thinking or incessant mind chatter. Nightmares, bad dreams. Difficulty in following a conversation.

MILD ANXIETY ATTACK

Physical Symptoms: Pounding heart. Sweating. Upset stomach. Frequent urination or diarrhoea. Dizziness, lightheadedness. Blurred vision. Tremors and twitches. Muscle tension. Loss of appetite. Headaches. Fatigue. Insomnia. Hyperventilation. Trouble in breathing or choking sensation. Hot flashes or chills. Nausea or stomach cramps. Allergy problems. Neck, back, or shoulder pain. Tightness, stiffness in neck, back, or shoulder. Night sweats. Feeling lethargic and tired. Tingling sensation. Blanching (looking pale, loss of colour in the face or skin). Unexplained increase or decrease of body temperature. Burning sensation in the skin.

 
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Your Business

Absence statistics

Right now, 1 in 6 workers is experiencing stress related ill-health such as depression or anxiety, costing the UK economy £26 billion each year.

Reduced productivity

Employees who remain in work without the support they need costs UK businesses up to £15.1 billion a year.

Lost working days

70 million working days are lost every year due to mental ill health, with 10 million working days directly caused by work-related problems.

Recruitment

Staff turnover as a result of employees leaving their jobs due to mental ill health costs £2.4 billion.

If absenteeism is a problem for your organisation then it is important to consider issues such as:-

  • Management Reporting - e.g. cost of absence or lost time rate.
  • Ensure that absence figures are circulated to the relevant people within the Organisation.
  • Be clear who is responsible for absence management ? HR, Manager or Employee? or someone else?
  • Be proactive in dealing with any issues and do not delay.
  • Make sure return to work interviews take place and are recorded.
  • Triggers or patterns that may be influencing regular sickness absence.
  • Formal procedure and formal warnings where appropriate.
  • Be aware of any underlying disability issues. Know your staff.
 
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