Statistics On Stress: What You Can Do To Minimise Workplace Stress
The recently published UK statistics on stress make troubling reading.
In short, work-related stress is a major cause of ill health.
Ill staff are absent from work for long periods, and when they are
at work, their performance is likely to compromised. This issue
is compounded by increased demands on workers "left behind" who
are often forced to carry on regardless.
are reported as participating factors for most of the cases of mental ill-health reported
This indicated significantly increased risk of self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety for those reporting;
What You Can Do To Minimise Workplace Stress
Pressure at work is good. It helps you perform and achieve things you may not otherwise. But when the pressure is greater than your ability to cope, then it's time to assess your lifestyle and see what you can do to minimise stress.
Do a simple check of your current lifestyle - have you started to;
This may happen now and again, but if it becomes the norm, you are risking your long term physical and mental health. The stress source may be work related or personal, or a blend of both, but the key is talking to someone about it and taking action to take the pressure off.
High achievers often have a difficult relationship with stress. They feel that reducing pressure is a sign of failure or weakness. But a rested, nourished body and mind will be far more productive and successful in the long run.
Managers have a responsibility to their staff and themselves, ensuring work is;
This can be a tough call when redundancies are looming and business livelihoods are at risk. If this is the situation, you need to seriously consider how to minimise stress. Can you have more communication with your staff in periods of uncertainty or can you eliminate non essential work?
For further advice and guidelines on how to minimise workplace stress, see the UK Health and Safety Executive Guidelines
Don't become a statistic. Stress is bad for business. Take action to keep yourself and your staff in the group who find workplace stress less severe and maintain your physical and mental well-being.
Recommended Stress Resource
Citation Information: Swinton, Lyndsay. "Statistics On Stress: What You Can Do To Minimise Workplace Stress." Mftrou.com. 14 December 2006. < http://www.mftrou.com/stress-statistics.html >.blog comments powered by Disqus
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