Work-related stress is one of the most common experiences amongst employees globally. We believe it’s important to understand the impact work-related stress has and how you can identify and the steps you can take to treat and/or manage symptoms.
Mental health problems, according to Heath Shield on Personnel Today stated that £12.7 billion is spent on sick-days per year, with 39% percent of absences being due to personal issues with mental health.
It goes to show that the emotional state of an employee is extremely important for both work performance, mental and physical wellbeing. This is further reinforced by a work-related stress study by Bupa – stating it has cost the nation almost 12 million working days.
Unfortunately, work-related stress is known to lead to common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, making it a common issue seldom noticeable until it’s voiced with concern.
This silent ailment can lead to a multitude of problems such as:
- High-functioning mental health issues
- Lack of motivation
- Negative attitudes in the workplace.
- Lack of confidence
- Physical ailments
- Musculoskeletal aches and pains
- Weight increase or decrease
- Common cold symptoms
Often there is no real specific cause of work-related stress. It can be a build-up of personal issues that in turn affect your functionality at work (which can then couple with identifiers for work-related stress).
Issues such as the above can develop within an individual being unable to cope with a variety of factors and demands being placed upon them – usually along the lines of:
- Excessive workload
- Unrealistic deadlines
- Lack of employee relationships, including bullying
- Long working hours
- Being in the wrong job for your skillset and career aspirations.
- Lack of training – decreasing confidence to do your job, amongst many other triggers that can cause one to experience work-related stress.
Armstrong Appointments has put together an insightful infographic all about work-related stress that sums up its evidence across the globe, how to spot the signs, the evidence presented about work-related stress, and tips on managing it safely and efficiently.
We have discovered additional factors and their correlation to work-related stress, such as seniority within a company, gender, and even the region you work in.
Although our tips to stay stress-free in the workplace are comprehensive enough to ease work-related stress levels, if you find that things simply aren’t improving and the issue goes far deeper than anticipated (for example, serious issues with your employer that are violating your ability to work optimally) then we highly recommend seeking advice from your HR department or organizations situated in your country that can provide helpful or legal advice to deal with this issue.
Here are the top tips for staying stress-free in the workplace: