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Chamber Members Team Up to Tackle Workplace Stress

Hill and Smith 1Newly joined Black Country Chamber Members Altruist Enterprises provide proactive Stress Management training to Directors and Managers at Hill & Smith Ltd.

Mismanagement of stress is costing UK businesses £30 billion per year with close to 1 in 3 employees experiencing poor mental health whilst at work.

Altruist, a social enterprise, provides training to help organisations to prevent, identify and tackle stress within workplaces.

In September of 2016, Altruist Enterprises became a member of the Black Country Chambers of Commerce community to connect and communicate with organisations in the West Midlands. 

They have since connected with Hill & Smith, a company which manufacture and supply specialist safety barrier systems throughout the world. Working alongside Hill & Smith, the Identifying and Managing Stress Lite course is being provided to directors and line managers within the company. The 3-hour workplace programme assists managers with preventing stress within the workplace, identifying the early signs of stress and supporting employees and managing situations effectively.

Lorraine Cotton, HR Officer at Hill & Smith Limited said: “The course was interactive, enjoyable and informative. It was a very good starting point to a vast subject and helpful to get managers to think along the right lines and share useful techniques and best practice. An ideal balance of presentation, activities and discussion, I would recommend this course to other businesses who would like to up-skill managers to spot the early signs of stress and have the confidence to start that important conversation with employees. All managers thoroughly enjoyed this course and we would like to thank fellow Chamber Members Altruist for their support.”

Katie Buckingham, Director of Altruist Enterprises said: “From the outset, Altruist has been focused on helping employers to implement strategies for preventing, identifying and solving stress-related problems. We strive to build resilience and encourage positive action to prevent instances of work-related illness – open discussion and the language used is integral to this.

We hope that this will be the beginning of a movement to support Black Country Chamber members in tackling stress related issues”.

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