Stress in the Workplace

Stress in the workplace is a well-known problem. Work related stress occurs when an employee can’t deal with the demand placed upon them and this could cause sickness and therefore absence from work. This sickness absence can therefore put a strain on the company performance.
Stress is the adverse effect people have on the excessive pressures placed on them and that causes them to crack or breakdown.
Stress in the workplace can be caused by excessive workload, inadequate training, a lack of control or autonomy and poor working relationships, for example a bullying or poorly-trained line manager.
What are the symptoms of stress in the work place?
The following are signs that employees might be suffering from work related stress or excess pressure.

Changes in work performance
  * Declining / inconsistent performance
  * Uncharacteristic errors
  * Loss of control over work
  * Indecision
  * Lapses in memory
  * Arriving late to work
  * Calling in sick
  * Reduced social contact
Changes in behavior such as:
  * Crying
  * Being argumentative
  * Overly sensitive
  * Being irritable or moody
  * Over reacting to problems
  * Personality changes
Physical signs could be:
  * Increased smoking and drinking
  * Aggressive behavior
  * Weight gain or loss
  * Tiredness and lethargy
  * Not caring about appearance
  * Headaches
These are just some of the symptoms of stress in the work place.
Stress management techniques in the workplace
It is part of a manager’s responsibility to deal with employee stress in the work place before it becomes an issue.
In order for an employee to deal with or reduce work related stress, these are some of the following tips to follow.
  * Create a balanced schedule. Try to find a balance between your work and home life.
  * Don’t over-commit yourself. Don’t commit to everything try to prioritise.
  * Plan regular breaks. Make sure to take short breaks...