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National Stress Awareness Day 2015

04 November 2015

At Connect, we understand the importance of a happy workforce and the effect that stress can have on both professional and personal life. As part of National Stress Awareness Day 2015, we have put together a few tips to help to manage stress, including advice on how to ‘keep moving’ at work and the positive effect it can have on your mood.

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  1. Take a walk/stretch at your desk during your lunch
    Use your lunch to go for a walk, or walk to a colleague’s desk to discuss a subject rather than email them. Stepping away from your desk for just a few minutes may help you to organise your thoughts and put your workload into perspective.
  2. Learn to say ‘no’
    If you have too much on your plate with work already, don’t be afraid to say ‘no’. This way you’re not letting a colleague down or worrying about having an unachievable deadline to meet. Most people are happy to reschedule a deadline to help you – don’t be afraid to ask!
  3. Eat a healthy diet
    The temptation of chocolate is stronger when you’re feeling stressed, however eating unhealthy food can actually trigger and aggravate stress further. So next time you want an unhealthy snack to make you feel better, reach for that apple instead.National-Stress-Awareness-Day-Photo-250x298
  4. Use your calendar to manage tasks
    Having a desktop calendar or diary is a great way to organise your workload. Tasks don’t seem so daunting once you have a schedule and are aware of your deadlines.
  5. Socialise with colleagues
    Avoid eating your lunch at your desk and instead go into the kitchen and eat with a colleague. Even a quick chat at your desk about your plans for the weekend can help to relieve work stress.

To accompany our aim for a stress-free workforce, we are also part of Lifestyle Action; an employee assistance programme which offers employees 24/7 access to a dedicated counselling service to tackle personal or workplace problems. As part of the scheme, our employees have access to:

  • A dedicated 0800 hotline with qualified professionals to provide specialist advice
  • Face-to-face counselling
  • SMS and instant messaging function
  • Online help and support covering a wide range of issues and topics

All employees have to do is contact our HR department who will provide them with details on how to contact the service and offer any other support and guidance they feel is necessary.

We are always on the lookout for new employees and continue to recruit. If you’re interested in joining a supportive and respected company, please visit our careers page, where you can find all of our current vacancies and details on how to apply.

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