Psychological Services for Business
What is available?
Your own personal psychological consultant to support and develop your business. Either on site or externally, I can provide a cost effective workplace counselling and training service for both staff and management. The key aim of the service is to reduce costs and increase productivity.
Work needs to be a ‘win-win’ situation. If employees feel supported and well enough, employers will get more from their workforce in a sustainable way and more readily achieve organisational goals. The opposite also applies. Employee absenteeism, high staff turnover, low morale and motivation, conflict, bullying, sexual harassment and mis-managed organisational change can be a silent killer in your company. They corrode productivity, push up business costs - especially in terms of lost time - and undermine profitability and company reputation.
Irish research backs this up…
90% of Irish employers say that employee health and wellbeing have a direct effect on productivity. (Aviva Workplace Health Index, AWHI, 2013) 80% of Irish employers feel that workplace health initiatives have many benefits such as attracting and retaining talent, and increasing loyalty. (AWHI, 2013) 80% of Irish employees say they would be more loyal to an employer if they looked after their health. (AWHI, 2013) 76% of Dublin workers feel there is a need for counselling in the workplace. (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, IACP, survey 2013)
Research on the Irish workplace…
The top four health problems experienced in the Irish workplace are stress and anxiety (55%), fatigue (52%), back and neck pain (32%) and colds (32%). (AWHI, 2013) For me, stress and anxiety are the cause of the other three. It depletes the immune system leading to fatigue and colds and the body tenses to hold itself together but this causes its own problems. 41 per cent of people are currently stressed or very stressed by their jobs – making work more stressful than money worries, marriage, relationships or health issues. (Mind, 2011) Stress and mental ill health are among the most common causes of work absence and research shows:
- Belief in own dysfunction is a significant factor in duration of absence; this tends to worsen over time. (Pearson - 2001)
- Early intervention results in significant reduction in medical practitioner visits and shorter work absences. (Zigenfus et al. – 2000)
- Individual workplace counselling - in a confidential setting addressing key work-related issues.
- Critical incident support - in the event of suicide, sudden death or violent incident.
- Mediation on conflict - breakdowns in communication to restore effective dialogue and interpersonal relationships.
- Stress management training - workshops on managing depression and stress, assertiveness skills and confidence building, and dealing with conflict.
- Management Support Service: One-to-one supervision for bosses provides a space to reflect on the challenges of one's work. This can reduce day-to-day stress levels and give greater clarity about company and personal direction.
- Consultation on policy development regarding staff wellbeing and organisational change.
In a paragraph…
Effective workplace counselling and training to support staff and management in the development of their business. Stress and anxiety is the biggest health problem in the Irish workplace today. It can be the silent killer of a business leading to; low motivation, high absenteeism, bullying and conflict. Providing optimal psychological support to your business creates a ‘win-win’ situation – supported workers give more to the business, boosting productivity, while reducing costs associated with the fallout from stress and disharmony.