Workplace Trauma

Trauma Services provided by The Executive Mind include:

Workplace Trauma using clinical coaching/psychotherapy or Emotional First Aid Awareness workshops – provides measurable benefits by offering Teams, solution focused psychotherapy to assist in resolving issues of stress, trauma and personal problems which have a negative effect on both the employee and the workplace alike, costing businesses many millions of pounds every year.

This service into your organisation is a powerful resource providing cost effective benefits to both employee and employer alike. Most companies recognise that its workforce is its most valuable asset. Looking after them not only makes “good sense”, it makes good business sense.

Could the business, or organisation you lead be mal-targeted or innovation deficient in a way that you have not spotted yet because you need to refresh your own perceptions and promote your capacities for creative and multi-dimensional thinking, as well as those of your colleagues? Our coaching unlocks blind spots, enhances self-awareness and is a powerful and practical ways to help you as a leaders or manager.

The Executive Mind provides Management Supervision For ALL organisations, in the Counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Kent and London we would like to offer you a unique opportunity. Just imagine… the financial pain, cost to having to see an experienced skilled manager taking sick leave – due to mental health issues such as bullying, addictions, ill health, anxiety or simple exacerbated stress. Or leave due to better culture in another organisation?

Trauma in the workplace is a major problem, with 1.5% of all workers suffering in any given year, according to a report by the Institute for Employment Studies Nine out of 10 people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives, and a third will develop trauma-related illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF) commissioned this research to investigate safe and effective trauma management practices within organisations. It includes evidence on the effectiveness of specific mechanisms for the provision of support for organisations whose employees experience serious incidents at work.

It is my belief and purpose with the ethos of The Executive Mind to facilitate identifying and addressing the many less dramatic stressors, within organisations and put in place prevention and action to treat trauma before the effects become catastrophic. By creating a workplace which does not traumatise its workers; employers can not only reduce the probable cost of trauma, they can also help access more of their employee’s hidden creative and productive potential.
Over a two-year period, 815 Royal Mail Group workers were identified as having been exposed to a potentially traumatic incident and then tracked for a 13 month period. The results indicate that the interventions developed by RMG are both safe and effective in relaying messages about trauma. It also shows that workers who perceive organisational support as high, had lower symptom levels and lower absence at 12 months following the trauma.

The advantages of the RMG approach is that it is relatively simple yet structured and can be implemented in many different work settings. An approach such as this can be the basis for an organisation to develop effective trauma management practice
In the immediate aftermath of a major workplace incident, for e.g. armed robbery, fire or fatal accident The Executive Mind will work with employees to provide them with the right information and support, to enable them to recognise when their reactions are no longer normal and healthy, suggesting to them that they may need further treatment. Ref:

Complete Quality Management
‘CQM’ requires workers to have both a high level of functioning and commitment. An ability to see the big picture, recognition of processes, and a commitment to customer satisfaction are a few of the necessary ingredients for successful ‘CQM’ execution. Because of the cognitive deficits brought about by trauma induced downshifting; the more conceptual, lofty ideas become unimportant and probably unfathomable.

Traumatized workers are focused on survival; not on long range plans or other people’s well-being. They are like the drowning person who is so desperate, they pull the rescuer underwater. The drowning person’s typical altruism or empathy isn’t available in their overwhelmed, terrified state. They are interested in, and can focus on, only one thing – survival.

Studies on uncontrollable stressors have shown that people in situations of uncontrollable stress demonstrate very shallow, simplistic thought processes (Pennebaker, 1990). Other studies have linked uncontrollable stressors to a subsequent decrease in cognitive abilities (Seligman, 1972).

Your workplace benefits:
Safeguarding the employers Duty of Care requirements are fulfilled, decreasing the potential for legal action being pursued by employees.

Providing management with support, help and guidance to respond positively to employee worries.

Helping reduce the management time associated with dealing with worker sickness absence.

Reducing sickness and absence rates in staff by 25% ­50%

Workplace training programme to educate, enhance the proactive movement of Mental Health Wellbeing to tackle Work Related Stress and Mental Health Issues. On offer the flexibility of service: Trauma Awareness training reflecting specific workplace issues such as bullying, stress/anxiety, illness, and/or terrorism attack- violence.

NICE trauma guidelines
The latest guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommend that companies provide specialist trauma intervention rather than debriefing or non-directive counselling. And a growing number of trauma intervention specialists in the UK offer a range of techniques to help people recover. Some, such as TRiM (Trauma Risk Management) and SPoT (Support Post Trauma) have roots in the military, while others such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) originated in psychotherapy.

As well as identifying the symptoms of trauma, The Executive Mind will also ensure key personnel understand trauma, in its many appearances. This will allow quicker diagnosis and treatment saving your organisation costly climb of absenteeism rates, reduced work performance and all the other hidden costs to your bottom line caused by the stress of psychological trauma.

In a time of increasing litigation and increased health/stress and safety legislation The Executive Mind can facilitate your organisation become one of excellence, providing you rebuild a trauma/stress policy framework, so your organisation puts in appropriate action, efficiently and promptly to support the individual(s) concerned.

As trauma experts, The Executive Mind can provide reports for personal injury solicitors and insurance companies. Our in-depth knowledge means we can offer treatment to support the injured party. Typically, the ranges of cases that can require psychological assessment include: road traffic accidents (RTA’s), accidents at work, disasters and all forms of violent assault, including sexual or long term or fatal illness. The Executive Mind can offer its treatment services to immediate family members, if they were involved in the trauma, as well as provide support in helping them understand the impact of trauma on their loved one.

The Executive Mind has an extremely flexible approach to helping organisations. If in any doubt or concern please feel free to organise a visit from one of our consultants whom may provide you insights and support moving away from ‘Trauma’ into ‘Recovery’. We would be delighted to come and talk through our services, aimed and designed bespoke to your needs.