THE USE OF CBT TO REDUCE EMPLOYEE ABSENCES

Stress and mental illness is responsible for more than thirty percent of all working days lost every year, according to research by the National Health Service.

it is little wonder that efforts to improve employees’ mental wellbeing have been catapulted up the occupational health agenda over recent years.

With more people than ever calling in sick and quitting their jobs because of workplace stress, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has found its way into the workplace.

Not only is its use for tackling anxiety and depression supported by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, clinical evidence suggests that better access to CBT can help reduce time spent off work due to ill health.

 

What is CBT and how can it help your business?

CBT is a short-term therapy that helps individuals to change negative thought processes and behaviors. Rather than focusing on the causes of distress, it aims to relieve the symptoms of mental health by focusing on how problems are thought about, and how this can affect how patients feel, physically and emotionally.

With the most common occupational health issues being stress, CBT can be a rapid way to reduce the symptoms of stress, while keeping an employee at work.

For the estimated eight million people of working age, experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or sleep problems, CBT can be one of the most effective treatments. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression and can also work alongside antidepressant medications.

 

At Jessica Leigh CBT, short-term therapy is available at a cost effective £40 per session. Sessions typically taking place over about six months, during which time participants are set exercises and goals to challenge their existing way of thinking.

We will encourage troubled employees to talk about how they think about themselves, other people and the world around them. We will also prompt them to think about how their actions affect their thoughts and feelings.


How can simple positive thinking can help?

A typical example of how positive thinking can improve your mental health can be found below:

You have had a bad day; you are feeling fed up, and so go out shopping. As you walk down the road, someone you know walks by and apparently ignores you.

                Unhelpful thoughts such as ‘they ignored me - they don't like me’ result in

you feeling low and rejected. You get stomach cramps, feel sick and decide to go home and avoid the person. 

                Helpful thoughts such as ‘they look a bit wrapped up in themselves, I wonder if there's something wrong?’ mean that your emotional reaction is concern for the person. Rather than having negative feelings, you get in touch with them to make sure they are ok.

CBT tells us that when we’re feeling low we’re more likely to jump to unhelpful conclusions. However, with the implementation of CBT, we are encouraged to think and behave differently to improve how we feel.


In conclusion, if you intertwine CBT into your businesses, CBT it can prove an extremely cost-effective way of reducing sickness absence or losing valued members of staff from a company’s workforce.