Work Related Issues
Work related stress
Work lies at the heart of every community, from the smallest tribe to the biggest civilization. Work supports society, gives structure and purpose to life, keeps the body and brain occupied and promotes a sense of satisfaction. When work is rewarding and enjoyable, it can provide a lifetime’s worth of wealth and fulfilment. However, when it causes unhappiness and stress, it can make life utterly miserable.
Work related stress is a growing problem in Britain. Increasing numbers of people report feeling undervalued, overworked, underpaid and unfulfilled in the workplace – feelings that can lead to further complications with mental health. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and even suicidal thoughts can all be triggered by work related stress, along with physical health problems, relationship issues, sleep loss and feelings of self-doubt and inferiority.
What is work related stress?
Work related stress is quite simply a form of stress caused by things that happen at work. Challenge is a normal part of having a job, and most people enjoy it to a certain extent. However, when those challenges override the ability to cope, the body and mind can begin to suffer. While stress is a natural and useful human response, in excess it can be very unhealthy and cause all sorts of havoc across the body, including headaches, high blood pressure and depression.
The impact of work related stress
The UK government is taking steps to crack down on work related stress due to the far-reaching problems it causes both socially and financially. An estimated 13.4 million sick days are taken for work related stress every year, costing employers around £3.7 billion annually in lost productivity and £7 billion to the wider economy.
Why are we so stressed?
Of course, focusing on financial figures can only get us so far. The real issue here is that more and more people are suffering because of work. Life in the 21st century is undoubtedly fast-paced, highly stimulating and competitive. Technologies move fast and companies have to race to keep up – which of course puts pressure on employees to increase the pace. While some people prosper in this kind of environment, others don’t. According to The Independent, the suicide rate began to rise in the very same year the recession hit in 2008. Before that, the suicide rate had been on the fall for a decade, suggesting that job cuts, pay cuts and mounting pressures at work may be contributing to the nation’s deteriorating mental health.
Signs of work related stress
All forms of work can be stressful, regardless of a person’s salary, industry, or position. When work starts to get too much, you might start to experience physical and psychological symptoms. It’s important to listen to your body so you can get help when you need it. Ignoring your body’s messages will only make you ill while exacerbating your work problems.
Source -Counselling Dairy – 2014