How do you cope with Stress at work?

May 1, 2018 10:43 am Published by

Mental Health Awareness Week | 14 – 20 May 2018 

The focus this year for Mental Health Awareness Week is stress.  According to the Mental Health Foundation research has shown that 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year, with stress being a key factor.
Stress: Is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and can initiate the “fight or flight” response.

Stress can affect any one of us at any time and at any age. The causes of stress are different for all of us, but unsurprisingly the most common being work-related followed by money matters then relationships.

This year we’re focusing on helping employees and employers create a mentally healthy workplace where everyone feels valued and supported.  Having a fulfilling job can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing. Suffering from stress can significantly affect our health, well-being and ability to function in everyday life, especially at work.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is a great time to think about how we can all address the causes of work-related stress.

Causes of stress in the workplace

  • The demands of the job – staff can become overloaded if they cannot cope with the amount of work or type of work they are asked to do
  • Support from managers and colleagues – levels of sickness absence often rise if staff feel they cannot talk to managers about issues troubling them
  • Relationships at work – a failure to build relationships based on good behaviour and trust can lead to problems related to discipline, grievances and bullying
  • How a role fits within the organisation – staff will feel anxious about their work and the organisation if they don’t know what is expected of them and/or understand how their work fits into the objectives of the organisation
  • Change and how it is managed – change needs to be managed effectively or it can lead to huge uncertainty and insecurity.

How can we address workplace stress?

Talking to a counsellor, someone unrelated to help clarify problem areas can be hugely beneficial.

The Counselling Foundation has been partnering with organisations to offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to help reduce workplace stress and improve wellbeing through the provision of short term counselling for employees.

We may not always be able to prevent stress, but there are many ways we can manage stress better.

In his blog Mark Rowland, Director of Fundraising and Communications for Mental Health Foundation asks if we can reclaim our lives from the results of stress and what is the single greatest thing we could do to prevent mental health problems?”

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