Stress Busting for Construction Company Owners

Stress Busting for Construction Company Owners

29th August 2018

According to some new research carried out by learning marketplace, Obby, more than half of construction workers are not doing anything to relieve stress outside of work.  Ironically, the reason given by most is that they don’t have the time to address the fact that they are stressed, with a massive 72% claiming that the lack of free time available to them is the biggest reason for not taking effective measures to reduce work-based stress.

A survey was carried out of more than a thousand UK adults in a wide range of industries and it was discovered that workers in professional trades such as construction, plumbing and welding are amongst the worst in the UK at making time to reduce stress.  The only workers who do less to relieve stress were those in the professional services such as law, accountancy, education, and ironically, healthcare.

With the average UK worker nowadays putting in a 40 hour week, not having the necessary time to decompress from the stresses of working life could be damaging the health of the nation’s workforce.  One of the major reasons that construction workers gave for not taking part in stress-busting activities (besides lack of time) was lack of money. 

Those who do make the effort to reduced work based stress on a regular basis, the most popular activities that are engaged in are exercise and sport.  More than 40% of respondents revealed that they gain relief from taking part in physical activities, followed by 39% who prefer to follow their personal interests and hobbies.  Spending time with family and friends is the preferred stress-busting method of another 35% of those questioned.

For construction company owners, making sure that your employees take measures to manage their stress levels makes sense.  There are several ways in which you can encourage your workers to manage their stress levels more effectively, including:

  • Making sure that you communicate to your workforce just how vital it is that they manage stress efficiently.
  • Allowing flexi-time so that workers can attend whatever is their preferred activity when it comes to stress-busting.
  • Providing classes or workshops for the workforce.

The fact that workers are not attending to their stress levels is worrying as this is a vital aspect of maintaining mental health.  However, this can become a bit of a viscous circle – not making time for stress relief can lead to even higher stress levels (or even total burnout), with is likely to reduce productivity.

Paying attention to stress levels and taking part in stress-busting activities can have a huge positive impact on employees’ ability to focus and concentrate whilst they are at work.  This, in turn, will increase productivity, reduce mistakes and enhance overall workforce morale. 

Research undertaken in recent years has clearly revealed the benefits to both employees and employers when workers are provided with stress-relieving perks such as yoga, meditation, even arts and crafts workshops.  A less stressed workforce is likely to be more efficient, more engaged and happier.