It’s often been said that a little bit of stress is no bad thing, and some individuals really thrive in high-pressured workplaces.
However, unhealthy levels of pressure and stress can negatively affect an employee in many ways – ways which can be invisible to colleagues and management. Left unchecked, these stress factors can have a major impact on both the individual and the business.
According to the 2016 ComPsych StressPulse Report, 92% of employees have either high levels of stress with extreme fatigue/feeling out of control (60%); or constant but manageable stress levels (32%). While just under 30% of workers miss three to six days per year due to stress.
The consequences of workplace stress are serious for all concerned and can include the following:
Obviously stress can exist outside of the workplace and still be brought into work. This is harder for companies to address, but for stress within the workplace there is a duty of care that businesses cannot ignore.
There are six areas of work that can have a negative impact on employee health if not properly managed. Although they might appear obvious, it is critical managers recognize them. Read on to find out what they are and how to tackle them:
1. Demands – workload, work patterns and the work environment
2. Control – how much say a person has in the way they do their work
3. Support – the encouragement and resources provided by the organization, line management and colleagues
4. Role – understanding of their role within the organization
5. Change – how organizational change (large or small) is managed and communicated in the organization
6. Relationships – promoting positive working and dealing with unacceptable behavior
Creating a positive, caring, low-stress environment for staff can help drive down absenteeism, boost staff retention, and increase productivity. A great day-to-day workforce experience generates long-term employee wellbeing, so managing the health and wellness of your staff now is vital for a resilient and happy workforce in the future.