Cheryl from Crams, a website about stress, shared with Healthy Lombard that stress causes a lot of problems if left unchecked and can have a severely detrimental impact on employee wellbeing, motivation, and overall productivity. For that reason, reducing stress in the workplace is essential when it comes to remaining happy and efficient at work.
Knowing exactly how to mitigate work-related pressure, though, is easier said than done. That’s why in this article we’ll be running through eight methods you can use to reduce your stress levels as an employee, enabling you to continue to love your job without harming your mental health.
THE IMPACT OF STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Without a doubt, stress can be one of the most daunting and destructive obstacles to employee engagement in the modern-day workplace. According to a 2017/18 Labour Force Survey (LFS), a total of 15.4 million working days have been lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
Considering that employees usually get paid for sick days, the financial loss as a result of stress-related issues is enormous. Moreover, it appears that such issues are on the rise, too, with approximately 1,700 people per 100,000 workers reported to be suffering from stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18, compared to an estimated 1,400 in 2005/06.
It has also been reported that stress, depression, and anxiety are more prevalent in public health service industries such as education, health, and social care, and public administration and defense.
The main work factors cited by survey respondents as causing work-related stresses were workload pressures (including tight deadlines), too much responsibility and the absence of managerial support.
There are countless statistics relating to workplace stress that could be referenced, but the point is clear. Stress, in any form, can dramatically impact your wellbeing as an employee and harm the efficiency of the organization you work for. Learning how to reduce it is vital.
8 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Thankfully, the stress in the workplace isn’t something we’re forced to accept. There are measures that can be taken to reduce work-related stress and even enhance your ability to do your job.
1. RECOGNISE THE SIGNS OF STRESS
Before being able to reduce your stress levels, it’s important that you’re aware of the key symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Thankfully, leading mental health charity, Mind, provides a comprehensive list of all of the telltale signs of stress. The mind separates these symptoms into feelings, behaviors and physical sensations.
- irritable, aggressive, impatient or wound up;
- anxious, nervous or afraid;
- like your thoughts are racing and you can’t switch off; or
- unable to enjoy yourself.
- Finding it hard to make decisions.
- Constantly worrying.
- Avoiding situations that are troubling you.
- Snapping at people.
- Biting your nails.
- Picking at your skin.
- Shallow breathing or hyperventilating.
- You might have a panic attack.
- Muscle tension.
- Blurred eyesight or sore eyes.
- Problems getting to sleep, staying asleep or having nightmares.
- Sexual problems, such as losing interest in sex or being unable to enjoy sex.
If you recognize any of the above symptoms in yourself, you may be exhibiting signs of workplace stress.