Workplace Counselling

HR professionals understand that a happy and healthy workforce is a productive workforce. But sometimes things go wrong; despite our best efforts, accidents do sometimes occur at work and workplace stress is, sadly, becoming more common. It is also a fact that problems at home can affect a personís work, and equally that problems at work can affect their home life; it canít be helped, employees are only human after all!

If an employee is off work following an accident or because of workplace stress I can help them to get back to work and back to full productivity levels faster than if left to their own devices.

This can only be good news for employers. There are clear financial benefits in getting someone back to work quickly, along with the knowledge that an employee has been helped and supported when they needed it most.

But of course itís not just people who are off work through accident, stress, anxiety or depression who can benefit from counselling. There are many workplace issues that can be addressed, for example anger management, bullying, assertiveness, effective communication skills, conflict resolution.

The Benefits of Workplace Counselling for Stressed Employees

There are lots of reasons why people feel stressed at work; a heavy workload, strained relationships with colleagues, performance or productivity issues, or even guilt at still being in work when others have been made redundant. Workplace counselling gets to the heart of these issues and helps the employee to deal with them. When such counselling is offered by an employer, the staff member feels valued and supported, and the employer is able to resolve workplace issues leading to a harmonious and productive workforce.

Some employers offer workplace counselling to all employees, regardless of whether or not they have formally been diagnosed as suffering from stress. In such cases, employers have found a higher level of motivation in their staff, improved job satisfaction and lower absenteeism.

Counselling Following Accident or Trauma

Wherever it occurs, a serious accident impacts on every aspect of a personís life. When the accident occurs at work, there is much an employer can do to help and support the victim, and counselling is a big part of this. People involved in accidents experience very complex problems in its aftermath and often become focused on the negative aspects of their situation rather than concentrating on how to move forward. Dealing with what has happened in a structured and positive way and helping the victim to overcome their fears and anxieties so that they can pursue a normal life is achieved through a series of counselling sessions.

Of course, in many cases it is not just the person who suffered the accident who is affected by it; anyone witnessing the accident may also benefit from counselling. Should the worse happen and the accident be fatal, then the victimís colleagues, both peers and managers, should be offered counselling to come to terms with what has happened.

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