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What employers can do to minimise stress at work

The Health and Safety Executive defines stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them” at work.

The Labour Force Survey found that in 2016-17, stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 40 per cent of all work-related ill health cases and 49 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health.

When we read about workplace stress being on the increase, we know it’s about more than just that momentary frustration you feel as you watch the photocopier eat your document.

While stress may not normally amount to an ‘illness’ in itself, it can result in or be a trigger for other illnesses, its effects being shown in physical and mental conditions such as anxiety and depression, and in physical problems such as heart disease.

It is healthy for staff to have challenges to meet. Some pressure can have a beneficial effect in improving performance and job satisfaction. Too much pressure, though, can hurt.

Unhappy relationships with a manager, colleague or client can result in long-term or chronic stress. Lives outside work can be stressful too, or can compound pressure at work and result in stress.

So with all this stress around, what can we do about it?

 

To find out more, please read Heena Kapadi’s full article, as published in People Management, by clicking here.

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