According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) in 2015/16 over 480,000 people in the UK reported that work related stress was making them ill. Stress can affect anyone at any level within an organisation and is not thought to be particular to any specific industry or sector. Pressure to a large extent is something that we all experience in the scope of our working lives, however when we can no longer prioritise or take proactive steps to mange our workload, feeling stressed can be an outcome. Long periods of stress can impact both our physical and psychological health.
Helpguide.org is an American website which has a really nice Stress in the Workplace page highlighting the early signs and five areas of self-help.
- Beat workplace stress by reaching out
- Support your health with exercise and nutrition
- Don’t skip on sleep
- Prioritise and organise
- Break bad habits that contribute to workplace stress
A good UK based resource to further explore the subject of workplace stress and your employers obligations, is The Health and Safety Executives webpage entitled ‘Help for Employees on Stress at Work’.