Work Related Stress
Counselling for Work Related Stress Problems – Hypnotherapy & Psychological Therapies
Stress can hit anyone at any level of the business and recent research shows that work related stress is widespread and is not confined to particular sectors, jobs or industries.
The Health & Safety Executive define work related stress as:
“The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work.”
Stress in itself is not an illness – it is a state. However, if stress becomes too excessive and prolonged, mental and physical illnesses can develop.
Well-designed, organised and managed work is generally good for us but when insufficient attention to job design, work organisation and management has taken place, it can result in Work related stress. Work related stress develops because a person is unable to cope, or believes that they are unable to cope with the demands being ‘placed upon them’.
Stress, including work related stress, can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover and other issues such as making more errors and in some cases a higher risk of workplace accidents.
Pressure v Stress
There is a difference between pressure and stress. Pressure can be positive and a motivating factor, and is often essential in a job. It can help us achieve our goals and perform better. Stress occurs when this pressure becomes excessive, or if the ‘personal stress limit’ of the person is exceeded. Stress is a natural reaction to too much pressure.
Balancing demands and pressures with skills and knowledge
A person experiences stress when they perceive that the demands of their work are greater than their ability to cope. Coping means balancing the demands and pressures placed on you (i.e. the job requirements) with your skills and knowledge (i.e. your capabilities). For example, if you give a member of your team a tight deadline on a project they feel they have neither the skills nor ability to do well, they may begin to feel undue pressure which could result in work related stress.
Stress can also result from having too few demands, as people will become bored, feel undervalued and lack recognition. If they feel they have little or no say over the work they do or how they do it, this may cause them stress.
Stress affects people in different ways and what one person finds stressful can be normal to another. With each new situation a person will decide what the challenge is and whether they have the resources to cope.
If they decide they don’t have the resources, they will begin to feel stressed.
How they appraise the situation will depend on various factors, including:
- their background and culture;
- their skills and experience;
- their personality;
- their personal circumstances;
- their individual characteristics;
- their health status;
- their ethnicity, gender, age or disability; and
- other demands both in and outside work.
Developing Coping Resources
Aside for the improvements that could be made to minimise work related stress in the working environment, there are a number of things that can be done to help on a more personal level.
Hypnotherapy may be of benefit in learning new skills to cope with elevated levels of work pressure, particularly if the sufferer has difficulty relaxing.
The Changing Limiting Beliefs Programme could also help to identify and then change any limiting beliefs that could be affecting a person ability to cope.
We cannot, or course, do anything about your actual working environment, but you might benefit enormously by learning how to cope with higher levels of stress in more productive ways.
You may also be interested in Work Related Stress Help with the Thrive Programme at Thrive with Paul.
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We offer a FREE initial consultation to all prospective clients seeking help with the personal side of work related stress.