The Importance of Managing Work-Related Stress

As we are all fully aware, work-related stress is a common phenomenon that affects many individuals and businesses. 

The causes of compounded stress, overwhelm and burnout? Heavy workloads, tight deadlines, a lack of support, interpersonal conflicts, and a breakdown of communication at times that leads to expectations not being met, instead of solid agreements being put in place. 

The impact of work-related stress on an individual’s performance cannot be understated.

Research has shown that work-related stress can have a significant impact on an individual’s performance, both in terms of productivity, time and self-management and their overall quality of work. When individuals are stressed, they are more likely to make mistakes, and be less present and focused on the task at hand. 

Furthermore, work-related stress that compounds over time can also have negative effects on an individual’s physical and mental health, which can further impact their performance and ripple into their personal life. 

Chronic stress can lead to fatigue, burnout, and a variety of health issues, including anxiety and depression.

As employers, it is essential to take steps to minimise work-related stress in the workplace. This can include providing employees with the necessary resources to manage their workload effectively, promoting a positive work culture and environment, and encouraging explicit communication between employees and management.

Employees should also take steps to manage their own stress levels. This can include; taking regular breaks throughout the day, what I call ‘healthy pit-stops’, practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques, seeking support from colleagues, mentors, coaches and also mental health professionals, when necessary.

If you would like to explore offering performance and wellbeing workshops within your company, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.