According to a report by WHO, stress at work occurs due to, work demands and pressures that are not matched to the employee’s knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope.
When employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues, as well as little control over work processes.
There is often confusion between pressure or challenge or stress, and sometimes it is used to excuse bad management practice.
The pressure at the workplace is unavoidable due to the demands of the contemporary work environment.
Pressure perceived as acceptable by an individual may even keep workers alert, motivated, able to work and learn, depending on the available resources and personal characteristics.
However, when that pressure becomes excessive or otherwise unmanageable it leads to stress. Stress can damage employees’ health and business performance.
According to the American Institute of Stress, 35 per cent of workers say that their jobs are harming their physical or emotional health and the rest say they have a demanding workload.
Exercise is a great stress-buster. Also, make time for hobbies and favourite activities.
Being respected and appreciated by significant others is one of the most fundamental human needs.
When employees feel as though they are disposable, it can make for a stressful work environment. For this reason, it is important to communicate to your employees that they are valued at the company.
How does your organisation help employees with work-related stress?
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