Workplace stress can be the result of a number of factors including workload, time pressures, issues with pay, holiday allowances, relationships and office politics. With nearly a third of UK adults (30%) feeling stressed for ten or more days a month [Source: https://www.ciphr.com/workplace-stress-statistics/], can you imagine what effect it is having on your business?
With changes to UK legislation, employers now have a duty of care to ensure that workplace stress is not affecting the health and safety of employees.
But as an employer where do you start? How do you identify and manage workplace stress?
In some instances, stress can be positive. Commonly referred to as the fight or flight response; we usually feel it when we’re threatened. For example think of a deadline you need to meet. Levels of our stress hormone cortisol increase, which in the short term can raise our alertness and energy levels. This can be a good thing.
However, if deadlines are the norm; targets are unachievable, wages don’t pay the bills; rather than being a positive response, stress can become damaging for both mental and physical health.