Work related stress is probably cited as one of the main causes of stress in our lives. This is understandable when you consider that we spend about a third of our lives at work.
Workplace stress not only affects us differently depending on our own personality types and coping strategies but also where are in the hierarchy within our place of work.
For instance the stresses which may affect a boss can be completely different for someone working on the shop floor. Either way the stress relief coping techniques are the same, apart from maybe the one where you can change the situation to prevent stress in the first place.
Unfortunately if you are a junior member within your company it is unlikely that you will have the power to change some possible stressors such as lighting or office layout, but hey give it a go anyway.
The number of women who now go out to work has dramatically increased over the years. Being a woman myself I think this is great as it gives us the freedom to choose to work if we want to, be financial independent as well as enabling us to contribute to the family finances
However as with everything there is a down side and women, especially mothers who work as well, will be susceptible to stressors which our male counterparts do not experience.
Another great cause of work related stress, is not having any to do, either caused by redundancy or retirement.
You would think that not having to go to work would be everyone’s dream, but financial pressures, worries and shear boredom are all in themselves big causes of stress.
Unemployed or retired, once boredom, despondency, fear or laziness set in, then stress and its related illness are never far behind. So find something to do, anything is better than nothing, find new interests, new hobbies or sort that garden out. Read the coping with stress and stress technique pages to help you.
Here is a short list of some of the possible causes of work related stress:
These are just a few of work related stress from external sources; however stress at work can also come from within too.
Many people unwittingly cause stress themselves by:
Does this sound like you?
If so then yes I would say that you are suffering from work related stress. But let’s be more specific, if you can identify the actual causes of your stress, it is more likely that you will be able to make some changes in these areas and so reduce the stress.
Scoring: Highly Stressful 3, Moderately stressful 2, Low Stress 1, No Stress 0
|Lack of job satisfaction||managing others|
|Work politics||Making decisions and plans|
|Too much work to do||Levels of support and encouragement|
|Can't switch off from work at home||Hours of work|
|Little feedback from bosses||Time demands|
|Time pressures||Having A clear job role|
|Take work home a lot||career prospects|
|Conflict in the workplace||Changes in job role / duties|
|Home life being affected by work||Home and work conflicts|
|Low morale at work||Physical working conditions|
|Meetings and presentations||Lack of variety in job|
|No one to confide in at work||Family conflicts regarding work|
|Salary||Confidence in own work skills|
|relationship with manager||Relationship with work colleagues|
|Worry about making a mistake at work||Boredom at work|
|Lack of training||Role at work not defined|
|Not enough to do at work||Changes outside of work|
|Job security||Too many different roles to play|
Your Score (add up the individual colors)
5 - 8
|Workload not too heavy||On the verge of becoming stressful||Workload is stressful to you, changes need to be made here|
|Role well defined and non stressful||Some clarifcation of your role is needed to prevent it becoming stressful.||You need your job to be fully defined and outlined for you, seek this from your managers|
|Responsibility is does not worry you||You have some difficulties taking responsibility at work||Ask for help and support, some training may help here as you are having difficulties with your current levels of responsibility.|
|relationships with work colleagues are fine||There may be some stress here with other at work.||Their is definitely a issue with relationships at work causing stress. Seek help from your support networks.|
|You enjoy your job||You would like your job to be a little more challenging or satisfying.||You have low job satisfaction. Could you change your current role at work or even change jobs?|
|Home and work life do not conflict or stress||There could be some problems here, take a closer look at why.||There is conflict here between home and work life. Make sure you define the boundaries of each and keep them separate.|
Getting things off your chest is also a good way to relieve stress build up at work. If you don't have someone you can do this with, then the next best thing is to get it all down on paper (or keyboard). In fact you can do that right here on the site, use our STRESS AT WORK RANT BOARD to find some stress relief.