Workplace Stress

You may not be stressed yourself but chances are someone you know is having a hard time dealing with circumstances at work which is affecting their health and may result in them leaving their current role. So what is workplace stress?

Workplace stress is the harmful physical and emotional response that occurs when there is a poor match between job demands and the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.

Stress is a prevalent and costly problem in today’s workplace. About one third of workers report high levels of stress. One-quarter of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. Three-quarters of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. Evidence also suggests that stress is the major cause of turnover in organizations. Source: Wikipedia

The key to reducing workplace stress involves managing your thinking, feelings and behaviour. Here a few tips on how to reduce workplace stress. Please note that the following suggestions are not based on medical opinion, stress is a serious issue and it is advised that you seek professional advice.

Light Exercise – At regular intervals during the day ensure you stretch and go for a light walk. Even consider how you get to and from work. Is there an opportunity to add a short walk or bicycle ride to your journey?

Breaks – Utilise your lunch break and get away from your desk. Fresh air, a change of scenery can help clear the mind and prepare you for the afternoon’s challenges. Hint: leave the mobile phone or pager behind!

Set Priorities – Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work piling up? Take a few moments to plan how you will tackle your day. Tip: If you have insufficient time to process the urgent tasks in the expected time frames then seek assistance or delegate. The other tasks can wait, just remember if other people are being held up keep them informed of expected completion times and/or provide alternative solutions if required.

Talk – Have someone you can confide in. Taking a few minutes to vent your frustrations can do wonders for reducing your stress levels.

Be Happy –Easier said than done, but laughter and smiling are great for the relief of stress.

Richard Kemp – Watts Price Accountants

The advice provided on this Article is general advice only. It has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.