• Recognising Workplace Stress

- + manager and employee - backgroundStress in the workplace can affect every aspect of an organisation, from absenteeism rates to interpersonal relationships. It’s vital to recognise the signs of stress as early as possible so that actions can be taken before serious stress-related illness occur. The challenge that we face when spotting stress is that everyone experiences it in different ways, which contributes to stress manifesting in very different ways.

There are many factors at work that can indicate a potential problem.

For an individual in the workplace, there will be changes; these changes can be physical, emotional, behavioural, or a combination of all three. Changes can include:

Extroverts becoming withdrawn

Becoming more accident prone

Becoming short-tempered

A dramatic change in weight


Of course, we all experience ‘bad days’, so we are really talking about situations where people display these negative changes for a period of time (e.g. 5 days in a row).

Looking at an organisation as a whole, there are also signs that a workforce are stressed. This can manifest itself as:

High staff turnover

Increased absenteeism and sickness levels

Long-hours work culture

Employees not taking their full holiday entitlement

Low productivity and efficiency


Recognising stress is the first step to reducing stress.

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