Now's the time to check that you're Managing Stress at Work properly.
Common causes include high workloads, unrealistic deadlines, job insecurity, lack of clarity of role, and feeling undervalued. Roles without sufficient levels of challenge, a lack of clear policies and procedures, and poorly managed organisational change can also lead to stress. Stressful circumstances cannot be entirely avoided and helping employees to develop resilience and coping strategies is an effective way of minimising impact. While external causes of stress are more difficult to proactively manage, an employee who feels supported within their organisation is less likely to let stress impact on their work.
Why is stress management important?
Whatever the cause of stress, it can hinder the productivity and performance not only of individuals, but also of their teams and, in some cases, the wider organisation. Line managers play an important role in minimising stress and reducing the cost of its impact.
What's the impact of high stress levels?
• Physical health
• Mental wellbeing – leading to distress, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, vulnerability, tearfulness, moodiness, or reduced self-esteem and/or interpersonal skills
• Engagement, motivation and commitment – when an employee feels they are exposed to stressful situations the employee– employer relationship can breakdown, resulting in lower employee engagement, reduced motivation and less commitment.