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Stress and Working Life

Stress and Working Life

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) define stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures and demands”. It can manifest itself in multiple symptoms including: heart palpitations, a dry mouth, headaches, unusual aches and pains and a loss of appetite for food and sex.

Research from the HSE indicates that in 2014/15, 40% of all work-related illness was traced back to stress.

Pressure can be a motivational tool but, should be re-evaluated when it leads to this kind of strain on a workforce.

Being able to successfully manage stress can be essential in ensuring your overall health and there are several ways to help yourself.

First, remain aware. Physical symptoms may play a large part in helping you to step back and consider if you are in a stressful state. Beware of work stress spilling over into other areas of your life.

At work, consider saying no. Life coach Suzy Greaves says a key skill to managing workplace stress is knowing how to say no - "I’m constantly challenging clients who say they have no choice but to overwork… I coach people to become empowered and believe they have a choice."

And finally, speak up. Within your workplace, try to communicate with your manager or someone working there you feel at ease with. Employers have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. This comes under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

You can also seek help about work-related stress outside of your professional circle. The HSE supports anyone who is responsible for tackling work-related stress in an organisation. It offers a management standards approach to help employers take steps to minimise stress in the workplace.

Your GP can also help. Doctors aren't experts in employment law, but they can help you analyse the situation and refer you to more specialised help if necessary.

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November 2017

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