Meeting a deadline or covering for absent colleagues are everyday examples of stress at work. Usually they only last for a short amount of time and then the stress levels return to normal. But what if they don’t?
In 2014/15, 440,000 people in the UK believed they were experiencing work-related stress levels that were making them ill (Health & Safety Executive)
Visits to Doctors surgeries by patients with problems like stress, depression or anxiety resulting from their work environment are rising every year. Now one in every five visits for stress issues are work related.
The Health and Safety Executives (HSE) formal definition of work related stress: The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work.
It’s important to understand that stress is not an illness – it is a state. However, if stress becomes too excessive and prolonged, mental and physical illness can develop.
What things can cause stress at work?
Reasons for feeling stress at work can include:
Take a break:
Learn to say No:
Dealing with a bully:
If you are feeling stressed at work, do something about it.
Talk to your manager, HR department or someone else that you trust at work. Explain the stressful situation and how you are feeling about it.
Employers have a duty to ensure they look after the health, safety and welfare of their employees. This comes under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 They are also required to conduct risk assessments for work-related stress so that you are protected from extended stressful situations.
Don’t just put up with feeling stressed at work. It’s not how it is supposed to be.
Anice McNamee (Marketing Manager)