Is work-related stress affecting you? In October 2007, the Labour Relations Commission published a Guide on Work-Related Stress, in response to growing concerns in Ireland and worldwide about the impact that stress is having on employees. There is a way to cope with it.
While stress is not confined to business, for those who are employed, a significant amount of their time is spent in that environment and chronic (long-term) stress damages a person’s mental health, relationships and their business.
The report states:
‘The individual is well adapted to cope with short-term exposure to pressure, which can be considered as positive, but has greater difficulty in coping with prolonged exposure to intensive pressure. Moreover, different individuals can react differently to similar situations and the same individual can react differently to similar situations at different times of his/her life.
Stress is not a disease but prolonged exposure to it may reduce effectiveness at work and may cause ill health. Stress originating outside the working environment can lead to changes in behaviour and reduced effectiveness at work. All manifestations of stress at work cannot be considered as work-related stress. Work-related stress can be caused by different factors such as work content, work organisation, work environment, poor communication, etc.’
It is not surprising that tell-tale signs of stress include high absenteeism, interpersonal conflicts, complaints and high staff turnover.
Often clients say they cannot leave their place of work and ask for some coping mechanism to tide them over until work related problems are resolved.
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