Psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and depression are the main causes behind one in every five visits to a GP. Statistics show that stress accounts for 40% of cases of workplace sickness in the UK, with large numbers of people reporting work related stress was making them ill.
There's a difference between stress and pressure. We all experience a certain degree of pressure on a daily basis. A little pressure at work can sometimes be quite motivating, but too much and it can eventually lead to work related stress.
So what causes work related stress?
Some of the main causes of work related stress include excessive work pressure, lack of support from managers and work related bullying.
The way in which you deal with stress can sometimes lead to unhealthy habits and behaviours such as drinking and smoking, which in turn could increase your risk of heart disease.
Managing Work Related Stress
Good stress management in the workplace is crucial to overall health and wellbeing. Some employees feel that they don’t have a choice but to overwork in order to get things done, but its important to know your limits. Taking on too much work can have an adverse effect with exhaustion and stress setting in and overall performance dropping as a result.
Communication between managers and employees is important. Find out how long will be needed to complete certain tasks and workloads without overworking staff to the point of stress and illness. Look at the resources available to you and calculate if the job at hand can be completed in a safe and reasonable manner.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. If you feel that you need help with putting some plans in place to help your business run smoother, contact Well Working Matters who can discuss your requirements and find a solution that best suits your business and your employees.