Over the past decade work related stress has become increasingly common. Research suggests this is ultimately due to societal changes, such as social media plus a more demanding workplace.
It’s common to feel a little stressed every so often, when a project deadline is fast approaching or if you are trying to overcome an issue with a project. However, if stress is something that you are experiencing on a more regular basis then it is key to address as it can impact your overall happiness and your performance at work.
In this article we have taken a look at key signs that you are stressed, possible causes and ways in which you can best deal with particular types of stress:
Common signs of work related stress
Signs that you are stressed can be physical, psychological and behavioural. Below we have listed the most common signs of work-related stress:
Drop in work performance
Common triggers for stress
There are many scenarios that can trigger stress in the work place. Below we have listed out the most common and potentially the biggest triggers to work-related stress:
Lack of support or training
Lack of control
Poor working relationships
Lack of fulfilment
Consistently high workload
Inflexible work hours
Poor work environment
Bullying in the workplace
How to reduce stress in the work place
There are ways in which you can help tackle work related stress. Below we have highlighted the key things you can do to help the current situation:
Speak up - Speaking to your manager or direct report can be a good way to help tackle the issues that are causing your stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed with workload or you are struggling to get to grips with a particular piece of work, speak up and ask for help to address the issue.
Say no - If you feel you are being asked to do too much on a regular basis it is ok to say no.
Be realistic, set SMART goals - Setting goals that aren’t achievable can lead to you feeling anxious, stressed and can often knock confidence in your ability. If you feel that your objectives are unreasonable then raise it with your manager and see if they can be adjusted to ensure you’re not being set up to fail.
Take a break - Don’t be a hero. It’s ok to take your lunch break and it’s also ok to book annual leave. Never having a break will only lead to you eventually burning out and could have a huge negative impact on your work and happiness.
Network - Building relationships with your colleagues is a great way to help with stress. Having people to turn to and talk to in the work place is extremely helpful when you are struggling with work or need advice.
Have a plan - Having a list of things to tick off every day is a great way to help you plan your time. Everyone loves to tick things off a to-do list. This is a far more productive way to work than trying to juggle a million and one tasks with no real plan and can really help with stress and the feeling of accomplishment.
Time to change jobs - If you find it’s more than just one issue that is causing stress then it is probably time to move. A new challenge, a new culture and a fresh start. If this is something that you feel is right for you then the key is to make sure you are moving to the right company and the right role. Do your research, know what you want and go get it!
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