Stress in the Workplace

Indicators of stress:

  • fatigue, anxiety, poor motivation
  • making mistakes, having accidents
  • deteriorating relationships with colleagues, irritability, indecisiveness, absenteeism, excessive smoking, drinking, overeating, etc
  • physical symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness and general aches and pains.

Long-term health effects:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • ulcers
  • thyroid disorders
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • psychological effects, such as anxiety and depression
  • other behaviours, like skipping meals, drinking too much alcohol and excessive smoking.

Work-related stress hazards:

  • poor physical or environmental conditions, eg noise, heat, lighting or cleanliness
  • excessive workloads
  • irregular working patterns
  • changes in working times or unsocial hours
  • task-related factors – physically or mentally beyond the individual’s capacity, repetitive or boring, etc
  • interpersonal factors – day-to-day interaction with people, abuse and harassment
  • role ambiguity – no clear idea of what is expected
  • role conflict – opposing demands are made
  • little or no recognition for work done
  • personal threat – to personal safety or fear of redundancy or dismissal
  • lone working
  • major changes occurring within the organisation
  • pressure from time constraints or deadlines, etc

Your responsibilities

  • Raise any issues of concern with your line manager or human resources department
  • Accept opportunities for counselling when recommended
  • Cooperate and be meaningfully involved in the risk assessment process
  • Be supportive of colleagues

Report cases of bullying or harassment!

Did you know?

Fact 1: According to the HSE, work-related stress accounts for over a third of reported ill health.

Fact 2: 480,000 people in Britain believe that they experience work-related stress at a level that makes them ill.

Fact 3: The cost of stress to society as a whole is over £3 billion per annum.

Do you know?

  • Where to obtain information and guidance?
  • How to seek help and support?

Talk to your health and safety representative if the answer is NO to either of these questions.

Alternatively contact us!

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