Stress is now the leading cause of long-term sickness absence in the workplace. 40% of employers have seen stress-related absence increase over the last year1 resulting in:
WorkGuru combines the evidence-based approaches of work focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, positive psychology and job coaching. Providing individuals with the tools to build resilience and manage stress.
In 2016, 84 participants from six organisations took part in a randomised controlled trial of WorkGuru. An RCT is regarded as the gold standard in clinical trials. Secondary measures used in this study show that using WorkGuru results in lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress. This study was published in a peer review academic journal and is available from here.
In 2015, 45 people from 2 organisations completed our web-based stress management programme and on-line discussion group. Here are the results:
“Loved it! Incredibly useful and I actively told people about it and how useful it’s been (even outside my own organisation)”.
“Great exercise in self reflection and positive changes that can be made for both personal and professional development”.
“WorkGuru allowed me to look at how I am as a person and see how that can influence my job. It also gave me tips on how to stay happy”.
“It is a great way to increase your understanding about managing stress and resilience, but to get the most out of it you do need to put in some effort”.
“I really enjoyed completing some of the modules; particularly the ones that encouraged me to develop my understanding of my personality and my resilience to work based stress. The mindfulness module has convinced me to seek out mindfulness training, I also really liked the Monday Morning Message! A lovely email to receive on a grey Monday morning!”
“I was told about WorkGuru by the OH team at work - I was taking an SSRI and seeing a psychologist after having reached a breaking point with postnatal depression and OCD-like symptoms after returning from maternity leave some months earlier. The psychologist and I were working on specific issues to do with my sense of what I 'needed' to do, and my anxiety levels around that, but the WorkGuru resources were really useful for helping me with my 'homework' for the psychologist. It was also very good to read others' posts and to engage with what they had written: certainly when I began my treatment I felt very alone, worrying that everyone else seemed to be coping effortlessly with everything. The discussion group and resources helped me to realise that this was not the case!”