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Samaritans CD aims to tackle stress in the work place

Following the launch of its new WorkLife training courses in May, Samaritans has released a CD-ROM version of the course that aims to help busy managers tackle stress in the work place.

The course, 'WorkLife for Managers - tackling stress in the work place', aims to reduce the potential for tension and stress at work by developing managers' skills and confidence to tackle problems before they escalate.

Samaritans says the content is based on current independent research into the key drivers of stress at work and utilises the 50 years of experience that Samaritans has in training people how to listen, communicate and deal with a diverse range of difficult conversations or situations.

Jonathan Moran, Samaritans' external training services co-ordinator, said: "Much has been written about stress in the workplace and the impact it has on employee well-being and organisational efficiency. However has it made managers any better equipped to spot early signs that all is not well with employees?

"Samaritans is already an established provider of communication skills training in the workplace and WorkLife is a natural extension of the training we currently provide to external organisations. The launch of this fully interactive CD-ROM will enable us to reach managers in organisations who are unable to attend one of our courses."

According to the Health and Safety Executive an estimated 13 million stress related sick days are taken each year which costs business around £3.7 billion.

Samaritans says WorkLife has been designed to support the Health and Safety Executives Standards and Guidelines for tackling work-related stress. These standards were launched in November 2004 to help employers and employees work together to prevent excessive work related stress.

'WorkLife for Managers - tackling stress in the work place' includes aspects of Samaritans 'active listening skills' which have now been adapted for use within the workplace. The CD-ROM features many interactive elements and a series of fictional characters are on hand to help participants explore challenging work situations.

Jonathan Moran said: "Samaritans is delighted to have worked with Media Trust Productions and graphics partner GR/DD to bring the content of the CD-ROM to life and encourage managers to use this engaging tool to tackle stress related issues in innovative ways."

WorkLife is being fully funded by Royal & Sun Alliance as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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