Workers don't leave emotions at home

Employers who provide support for emotionally troubled staff could see it pay dividend in terms of raised productivity, reduced absenteeism and lower staff turnover, researchers have said. Rob Bailey and Tatiana Gulko from OPP Ltd carried out a survey of 1,212 people from the UK and Ireland and the results are being presented at this week's annual conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology.

The participants were assessed on factors including their lifestyle choices, work outcomes and personalities, as well as their psychological wellbeing.

It was found that those displaying low levels of anxiety and high emotional stability were more likely to report themselves as happy, healthy and lucky.

Importantly, they were also more likely to be promoted at work and take on leadership roles in their personal lives.

On the contrary, staff who were anxious were more likely to take time off due to tiredness and a lack of fulfilment.

Mr Bailey said it is unsurprising that poor mental health has an impact in the workplace, as people cannot leave their emotions at home.

"The employer prepared to offer interventions such as employee assistance programmes, which typically offer advice that extends to employee wellbeing outside the workplace, may find that they reap the benefits during work hours," he added.

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