Working can really take its toll on the human body. Depending on the type of job you have, it can be both physically and mentally exhausting. There is obviously a certain level of stress which comes with a number of jobs but when workplace stress gets out of control it is a very real condition that can be really damaging if it’s not kept under control.
What can I do about workplace stress?
Although some jobs are arguably more stressful than others, we should all be able to manage the amount of stress we feel within our role. Obviously as the managing director of a company there’s going to be a lot more pressure on you than that of a junior, but stress is all relative. If you do feel stressed out or physically injured by your job, as soon as you start to feel like you’re beginning to lose control speak to someone who can help. Whether that’s your line manager or the HR person, raising it as early as possible means you’ll be able to identify what’s causing the stress and try and put together a coping strategy. If you want to take it further speak to Carrs Solicitors who are experts in work injury law.
What happens if that doesn’t work?
If you’ve spoken to someone or you’ve already passed the stage where talking to someone could help, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor. Doctors tend to prescribe anything from a couple of weeks off work to a month and even longer. Having time to yourself to relax and rejuvenate is really helpful, but you have to be careful to make sure that when you return to work all the stresses don’t instantly come back. Planning a strategy with your manager or colleagues is advised so that you don’t over commit yourself.
What does workplace stress cost companies and how can they prevent it?
If a company has several employees off on sick leave it can be very costly to the business, especially in industries like teaching when they have to pay another member of staff to cover your role. It’s in your employer’s best interest that you’re not overly stressed at work. To prevent people from going off sick with stress try and best delegate responsibility so that one person is not overwhelmed.
There are many different ways employers can try to prevent workplace stress and lots of different coping mechanisms employees can try out to combat this before turning to taking time off.