Stress in the Workplace


The term ‘workplace safety’ not only refers to protecting employees from physical hazards; it also deals with the way in which workplace practices affect staff members’ mental health. As such, maintaining a safe and healthy working environment means reducing stress – especially during the hectic holiday season.

An employee can develop work-related stress if they are unable to handle the demands and responsibilities of their job. It can lead to the development of illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia. By eliminating stress in the workplace, managers can increase morale, improve work quality and reduce sick days.

To help reduce stress in the workplace, management staff should be proactive. It is advised that adequate resources are allotted to each project, especially staff hours. Stress often arises from tight deadlines, which tend to arise towards the end of the year and before the holidays. As such, it is important that staff members have enough time to complete the tasks they are assigned. Managers should be open and easy to approach, encouraging staff to come forward and express any concerns they have about workloads, deadlines, changes at the company and job security.

It is also up to employees to do their part to cut back on stress in the workplace. Bullying, discrimination and harassment can be causes of stress at work, so anyone that witnesses this type of negative behaviour should inform a manager immediately. Additionally, lifestyle choices can help alleviate workplace stress. Adopting a new diet, getting more sleep and allotting adequate free time at night and on weekends can reduce stress levels.

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive offers some helpful advice and guidance about dealing with stress in the workplace. British Safety Services also delivers several workplace safety courses, which provide an overview of work-related illnesses. Visit our Courses page for more information, or contact a BSS team member at 0121 333 7232.

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