Dr Laville Wellbeing Strategy 2019

EFFECTIVE WELL BEING

In any fast-paced business, it can be difficult to take time to sit back and consider wellbeing. It is also all too easy to lose sight of a work-life balance and continue to have a strong focus on achieving work-based goals. This intense approach to work can be effective for a certain period of time however, over time, there can be accumulative levels of stress caused by work-based tasks and in turn, this could result in burnout and/or experiencing a mental health problem.

As illustrated below in Figure 1.

Optimal arousal Optimal performance

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Impaired Performance because of strong anxiety

Increasing attention and interest

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Figure 1. Yerkes Dodson Law (1908)

MENTAL HEALTH We know that 1 in 6 people will experience a Common Mental Health Problem (CMHP; Mc Manus et al., 2016) across their lifetime. The most common problems are Generalised Anxiety Disorder (5.9%) and Depression (3.3%). In relation to sickness and according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (2018), 56% of long-term absence is due to a mental health problem.

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