Workplace stress plaques a large portion of the workforce. Learning to manage their daily work-related stress can make their lives become more tolerable lives. According to statistics, the general consensus is that people today have more work related stress than a decade ago with a third of all workers reporting high levels of stress about their jobs. A fourth of all employees state that most of their stress is a direct result of their job responsibilities or work environment. This infographic includes information on stress, advice on dealing with stress, and signs that you o someone you know may be overstressed.
How Employees Response to Stress
According to psychology, people react to stress in one or more of four ways. Many of these ways are actually useful, though they can become unhealthy over an extended period of time. The first way is that they become more alert, and their senses improve. Blood is prioritized towards the brain and other areas of the body currently in use. The immune and digestive system temporarily cease working. Again, your body is prioritizing what is useful. Finally, energy rich compounds are released into the bloodstream.
What Causes Stress
Many things can cause stress, and what causes stress can vary from one person to the next. Different people have different levels of tolerance towards stress, and some people work better in stressful situations than others. However, with all of that being said, leading contributors towards stress include steep deadlines, overwhelming or insufficient workloads, a lack of control, bullying and harassment, bad work relationships, insufficient training to do a job well, and poor physical working conditions.
How to Treat Stress
Treatment for stress is largely a matter of pro-active prevention. Stress builds up over time, and the most clear-cut strategy for dealing with it is to prevent future stress from occurring rather than dealing with stress currently on a person. If the situations in a person’s environment stop causing them stress, or they are more easily able to deal with that stress when it occurs, then existing stress will go away.
The obvious way to implement this change is to remove the cause of the stress, or mitigate its effect on a person. If you are overworked, take a vacation. If you are worried you will be fired, make a plan for if that occurs. If you hate your job, strongly consider changing careers. If you cannot otherwise find an outlet for your stress, you can always seek professional assistance.