Workplaces can bring engagement, a sense of community, pride in one’s work and many more positive factors to an employee’s life. Sometimes, unfortunately, it can also be a place of stress. In recognition of QLD Mental Health week, from 8 – 14 October, we’re sharing our thoughts on managing stress in the workplace.

Stress can be brought on by a number of factors, including:

  1. Downsizing
  2. Restructuring
  3. Lack of Resources
  4. Sparse Feedback
  5. High Performance Expectations
  6. Change Locations
  7. Keeping Pace in a fast moving environment

Many of these factors are not always avoidable through the peaks and troughs of running a business, so business owners may instead need to focus on how these challenging times are managed. As an employer you can consider options, such as:

  1. Showing you are concerned.
  2. Asking how you can help.
  3. Offering Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services.
  4. Maintaining confidentiality.
  5. Removing unnecessary pressures.

People can show signs of stress in various ways, after all, we’re all human! Signs that someone may be stressed or feeling over-worked can include:

  1. Struggling to cope.
  2. Not setting boundaries with work and home.
  3. Low morale.
  4. Negative thinking patterns.
  5. Lack of control.
  6. Feeling disconnected.
  7. Poor performance.
  8. Self-medicating.
  9. Withdrawal from friends and family.
  10. Stress can show as frequent illness and make people more vulnerable to minor illnesses such as cold and flu.

It’s not a conclusive list and as with many things, these can all be related to others factors, outside of stress. Talk to and engage with your team, so warning signs can be managed quickly and easily. A focus on workplace wellness can also help to manage stress levels. To learn more about managing stress in the workplace, we’ve compiled some great online training videos, which you can learn more about here.

For more on QLD Mental Health Week, visit their website- QLD Mental Health Week.