Everyone, without doubt, has experienced stress at some point in their lives, whether at home, at school or work, or while moving out of one’s comfort zone, which is natural but if it repeats or continues to affect a person to the point where it affects physical or psychological health, then it is a red flag and a warning sign to get professional support.
Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension, which can occur in any event or thought that makes a person feel frustrated, angry, or scared. Stress is the body’s reaction to adversity or pressure. An explosion of stress can be good, as it helps you to avoid danger or to meet deadlines.
There are two types of stress:
- acute stress and
- chronic stress.
Acute stress is minor to moderate amount of stress we experience in our daily lives, and chronic stress is a major stressor that can develop when a person experiences a stressful situation for a long time.
Workplace stress is a form of stress that occurs in the workplace, whether in a business or at work, where there is a mismatch between the needs of the role, the expectations of human skills, resources, and available services.
Work-related stress is one of the biggest challenges people are facing globally. There is a variety of reasons why one gets work-related stress.
How can we recognise work-related stress?
Work-related stress when it is acute is a common response to job demands or actions and usually can be helpful as well, helping a person to stay alert, protective, and do their best.
Chronic Work-Related Stress is prolonged or excessive work-related stress that can be harmful to health and safety to an individual as it can be detrimental to one’s physical and psychological health and can also interfere with one’s work and attention and increase the risk of harming oneself or others.
Signs and symptoms
- Excessive sweating
- Chest pain or a feeling of heaviness in the chest
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Muscle stiffness and muscle pain
- Chronic headache
- Fast, shallow breathing and excessive sweating episodes
- Loss or change of appetite
- Sleep disorders and insomnia
Other associated symptoms of work-related stress:
- Lack of clarity of role or job description
- Working long hours or overtime, taking breaks, or taking work home
- Feeling the pressure of time, working too hard or too fast.
- Limited control over the self
- Limited inclusion in broad business decisions
- Insufficient support provided by management, supervisors, and/or colleagues
- Lack of confidence in work.
- The requirements for a high level of psychological health, a job that requires high-quality decision making
- Negative communication
- Conflicts with partners or management
- Low levels of recognition and reward
- An activity that is emotionally disturbing or requires significant emotional involvement
- Poorly organised management of change
How to Manage Work-Related Stress
- Create a balanced schedule. All work and no play or a time for rest is a certain way heading to exhaustion. Try to find a balance between work and family life, community activities, daily responsibilities, and leisure time.
- Leave early for work 10 to 15 minutes can make the difference between rushing too fast and having a relaxing time in your day. Some people if they think they are slow to start need to set their clocks faster to give themselves extra time and reduce their stress levels.
- Ensure to schedule regular breaks as short break throughout the day during work or on a way to a trip, discuss a friendly face, or use a relaxation procedure. Also, try to leave your desk or workstation for lunch. It will help you relax and rejuvenate and be more, not less, productive.
- Establish healthy boundaries to feel compelled to be available 24 hours a day or are compelled to continue testing our smartphones to receive work-related communications or updates. But it is important to keep track of the times when you are not working or thinking about work. That could mean not checking emails or taking work calls in the evenings or on weekends.
- Never be overly committed, as scheduling events or trying to balance too much in one day. If you have too much on your plate, distinguish between mandatory and necessary. Put unnecessary tasks at the bottom of the list or complete them.
- Teamwork is one of the keys to reducing work-related stress. Career support not only reduces work-related stress but also improves employee’s morale.
- Good communication ensures proper understanding and support for any challenges an employee faces.
- Always try to do the priority tasks first. If you have other difficult or unpleasant tasks to do then try to do them early so that the whole day can be fun.
- Divide the tasks into smaller steps. If the task seems overwhelming, focus it on one step at a time, rather than on the whole project at once.
- It is important to delegate responsibility to others. Do not try to control every little step. By transferring responsibility it should not only reduce the workload but also reduce Work-Related Stress.
- Relaxation at work can be the only thing available in some situations and one may need to adjust their expectations to a lesser extent but it can certainly find a happy middle ground that lowers stress levels for everyone.
Work-Related Stress is a Challenge not only to employees but to the organisations as well as a collective approach through consultation, meetings, corporate training, policies, and procedures to tackle this proves healthy and productive.
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