Stress in the workplace

Stress in the workplace is topic that needs to be considered and discussed openly. Awareness of stress in the workplace needs to be raised so that individuals know what causes it, what the symptoms are and if they do suffer with stress at work, ways in which they can deal with it.

According to research by Trade Union Congress, someone is made ill by stress at work every two minutes. found that:

•     53.2% of workers report that stress is an issue in their current workplace.

•     61.9% believe that their employer looks down on workers who get stressed.

•     57.4% think that their manager does NOT offer support to help them manage stress at work.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) claimed that in 2015/16, 488,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them unwell. This accounted for 37% of all work related illnesses.

It is evident that workplace stress is something that needs to be tackled across the country.

First, we need to address what the most common causes are of workplace stress . The main causes include heavy workloads, long working hours, and low morale within the workplace, unfriendly colleagues and bad management.

What can you do if you are suffering from stress in the workplace?

Start by reaching out. Talk to your manager face-to-face about any worries you have. It is more personal than sending your worries over by email and makes it easier to convey your emotion.

Look for support at home. Talking it over and getting support and sympathy to those that are closest to you can help you to regain your sense of calm.

Review your diet. Your food choices can have a huge impact on how you feel during the work day. Keep your energy and focus up, and avoid mood swings by choosing healthy meal options.

Get active. Try to add more exercise into your working day. Physical activity produces endorphins that acts as a natural painkiller and also improves the ability to sleep. Better sleep will help you to be more patient and feel less agitated which can reduce stress.

Prioritise and organise. If you findyour workload is getting too much. Try the following: create a balanced schedule, leave earlier in the morning, avoid over-committing yourself and always tackle high-priority tasks first.

Have a positive attitude. Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice positive self talk and surround yourself with positive people.


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Find out more about stress at work; the Symptoms, causes and how to beat it here.