How To Spot The Signs When Pressure At Work Becomes Too Much
Workplace Stress: A 21st Century Health Epidemic
In 2017, the World Health Organisation declared stress as the “health epidemic of the 21st century.”
It is widely accepted that people today are more stressed than ever and one of the biggest contributors to this is work. Study after study has revealed that an ever-increasing number of today’s workers are affected by stress.
In fact, 6 in 10 workers in major global economies are experiencing greater workplace stress.
These alarming figures tell us that it is imperative for employers and employees to take an active interest in learning how to identify the signs of stress and how to tackle them.
The Impact of Workplace Stress on Your Health
Medical research has found that many mental and physical health issues can be attributed to stress.
Stress has been linked with an increased risk of depression, anxiety, burnout, insomnia, high blood pressure and fertility problems. In fact, it is believed that up to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are caused by stress.
Stress manifests in many ways and the symptoms can be physical (e.g. muscular tension, headaches), psychological (e.g. pessimism, anxiety) and behavioural (e.g. increased absenteeism, diminished work performance).
The Impact of Workplace Stress on Your Business
In addition to its negative effect on employee health and wellbeing, stress on the job has also been shown to have severe financial repercussions – costing companies billions in lost productivity every year. Fortunately, experts have identified some strategies that management can take to help tackle the issue of employee stress.
For example, providing employees with a quiet space allows them to meditate or collect their thoughts when they are feeling stressed.
Another good idea is to train managers on workplace mental health, so they can recognise the symptoms of stress and learn how to manage common mental health problems in a sensitive manner.
This infographic fromdelves into the rise of workplace stress and outlines some of the warning signs you should keep an eye out for.
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