For the majority of us, work can be both challenging and demanding. Meeting Challenges can promote growth and increase resiliency for employees and organizations. However, demands and challenges, on the other hand, may also result in high workplace stress which can be costly.
Workplace stress is the physical and emotional responses that can happen when there is a conflict between job demands on the employee and the amount of control an employee has over meeting these demands”.
Every 1 out of 3 working individuals experiences workplace stress. More than 20,000 people share their main cause of work stress is poor management. 19 % said they took a day off because of stress. According to a research study by the American Institute of Stress (AIS), 80 percent of employees working in the corporate sector feel stress at their workplaces. A lot of this pressure comes from inadequate facilitation by the line managers they report to
When our surroundings do not react like what we expect we experience stress. Some people confuse stress with challenges. Sometime your work would challenge you to do better than your last performance. Stress is a serious problem that affects the physical and mental health of employees, and also the productivity of organizations.
Work stress was regarded as more stressful than debt or financial problems
Stress arises when you worry about what you cannot deal with. Key factors of stress such as work environment, management support load etc, work can be stressful and its effect on employee physical and mental health. In every organization and at every level of management and workers an elevated average level of stress is to be found which mostly has an effect on employee’s job satisfaction
According to Paul Farmer Cheif Executive of Mind “Work-related mental health problems are an issue too important for businesses to ignore. We know that right now, one in six workers are experiencing depression, stress or anxiety and yet our survey tells us that most managers don’t feel they have had enough training or guidance to support them”
Four Main Workplace Stressors
- Work conflicts
- Resource inadequacy
- Work overload
- Work ambiguity
Workplace stress in working individuals is negatively associated with the job performance of employees. If the company took action to support the mental wellbeing of all staff, they would feel more loyal, motivated, committed and be likely to recommend their workplace as a good place to work. Office timing in Pakistan is usually 9am to 5pm but originally there is no time limit so employees have to work for longer hours which is a reason for concern and that usually increases the stress level.
Symptoms of Workplace Stress
- Body pain
- Feels unproductive
- Violent urges
- Constant tiredness
- Panic attacks
Neck aches, headaches, and backaches are common problems for people under severe stress. You may be skipping work just because you can’t seem to pull yourself out of bed. You feel insomnia. You’re actively trying to get work done but can’t stay focused. You felt like screaming and shouting at a coworker because you are stressed. All of these are symptoms of work stress.
How To Cope-Up With Workplace Stress
Here are some tips to cope up with work stress.
Planning ahead to stay organized helped a lot with stress. Keep a journal and track your to-do list it will help you stay organized and avoid the negative effects of clutters.
Stay comfortable both physically and mentally. Manage with a comfortable chair. Take a walk or do physical exercises to keep yourself fresh.
No More Multitasking
Some people find multitasking easier and some experience it difficult. When you had a phone in the ear and making calculations at the same time, speed and accuracy suffer. Multitasking creates a certain kind of feeling that comes from splitting one’s focus. It does not work well for most people.
Eat Right And Sleep Well.
Eat a low sugar and high protein diet. When you are not sleeping well you feel constant tiredness. Sleep is a critical recovery period for the body. If you are having a problem falling asleep try this. Cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five times.
After a long day at work drive home listening to your favorite music that makes you less stressed when you get home. Try pumping yourself up. Encouraging thoughts will help motivate you to achieve and ultimately train you to inspire others.
How Companies Can Help Their Employees Going Through Mental Health Issues
Improving mental wellbeing in the workplace doesn’t have to cost a lot. Companies investing in the mental health of employees create measurable returns. We at InstaCare in Pakistan are helping the corporate sector by introducing the telemedicine and telepsychiatry cells in their offices. These cells are helping the employees to connect with the psychologist at the right time and discuss their problem which is helping the employees in improving their mental health and employers improve productivity and profitability. Telepsychiatry at workplace allow them:
- Telephonic and video access to counseling
- 24/7 toll-free telephone access to mental health professionals
InstaCare recognizes that a business’ most important assets are its employees. If you as business owners can take the appropriate steps to promote the well-being of employees, it can help to maximize the company’s potential.
If you have any queries or want to schedule a demo session for your employees just drop us a message at 0335-4832273 or send an email at email@example.com