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Office Stress

Employers have a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure the health and safety of their employees in the workplace. Arrangements should be in place to control any risks from workplace stress and help reduce related illnesses and disease. Workplace stress not only effects the wellbeing of its employees but may also effect the organisations performance.
The effects of workplace stress on employees are;-
  • Negative behavior (loss of motivation, commitment and confidence)
  • Poor performance (mistakes, human error)
  • Emotional (aggressive, sensitive, tearful)
  • Mental (poor concentration, confusion)
  • Absence (related illnesses and disease, increase in staff turnover)
The Health and Safety Executive has defined workplace stress as “The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work”. Although some staff strive and feel motivated by workplace pressures others may struggle to cope and find pressure situations stressful. Good management is the key to managing stress in the workplace through a proactive approach in identifying, eliminating, reducing or controlling individual and group workplace stress issues.

Other issues that may affect employees stress may be;-
  • Work related (lack of training and experience, task design, work equipment)
  • Personal (life events, circumstances, health)
  • Other (disabilities, bullying, harassment)
Here are tips for dealing with stress;-
  • Take time each morning to plan your workday
  • Take regular breaks from your desk.
  • Relax by squeezing a stress ball taking time to focus on your breathing.
  • When working from home set clear rules so you are not disturbed by family members.
  • Drink plenty of water to help regulate body temperature.
  • Whilst traveling to and from work relax by listening to music.
  • Whilst on your journey home establish a clear point where you switch from your work.

Office Stress