Eight ways to eliminate stress at work
More people than ever are suffering from stress in the workplace, yet many feel they cannot tell their employers.
Modern life can be challenging and, at times, stressful. The difficulties of balancing the competing demands of the workplace and our personal lives can affect the most capable of people.
A new report from health insurer BHSF Breaking the Cycle has highlighted the vicious circle many employees and employers are caught in when it comes to stress.
According to the study, a quarter of employees took time off work in the past year due to stress. Despite this staggeringly high figure, more than half of employees admitted they feel unable to approach their employer about a stress-related problem. With the majority of employers lacking the knowledge to recognise symptoms and prevent levels of stress escalating, the cycle continues unbroken.
If you or one of your colleagues is feeling the mounting pressure, here’s how to tackle stress in the workplace.
It’s your employer’s interest to deal with this too
Good people are hard to find. Employers don’t want to see a previously hard-working and conscientious employee sliding into low productivity and potentially long-term sick leave. So it’s in your employer’s interest, as well as your own, to help you deal with stress or mental health issues.
Talking about stress is key
Communication is a building block for eradicating the stigma attached to mental health in the workplace. To break the cycle, employees and employers must openly address mental health problems and the worry that can come with asking for support. In our experience, it’s important for employers and employees to create a forum to talk about stress and mental health issues without fear of judgement.
If you don’t ask you don’t get
Employers can only help you if you let them. Far too many employees suffer in silence with the employer oblivious to their internal pain and torment. My experience is that most employers want to help but they can only get involved if you let them. Intervention could be as simple as getting more support from a line manager. But you won’t know what help is available unless you ask.
You’re not alone
One in three people have experienced mental health problems at work, according to the report, so there is every chance that your employer has dealt with similar situations before. Given timely and appropriate support, most people can manage any mental health problems in line with the demands of the job and get themselves better and back to full productivity. READ MORE