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We hear a lot about stress but do we even know what it is ?

"Stress is a reaction to a situation"

We usually feel stressed when we think that the demands of the situation are greater than our resources to deal with the situation.

Workplace stress then is the harmful physical and emotional responses that can happen when there is a conflict between job demands on the employee and the amount of control an employee has over meeting these demands. In general, the combination of high demands in a job and a low amount of control over the situation can lead to stress or even worse.

These reactions are not the same from person to person. Factors like skills and experiences, age or disability may all affect whether we can cope or not. It is generally believed that some stress is okay. It is sometimes referred to as "challenge" or positive stress". Depends on us to provides with the energy and motivation to meet our daily challenges both at home and workplace.

How to know that you are actually stress at workplace ?

There are 6 main areas that can lead to work-related stress if they are not managed properly.

I) Demand

II) Control

III) Support

IV) Relationships

V) Role

VI) Change

For example;

  1. Not able to cope with the demands of the job

  2. Unable to control the way we do our work

  3. Don't receive enough information and support

  4. Having trouble with relationships at work or are being bullied

  5. Don't fully understand the role and responsibilities

  6. Are not engaged when a business is undergoing change

Sign of stress at workplace

*Take more time off

*Arrive for work late

*Be more twitchy or nervous

*Mood swings

*Being withdrawn

*Loss of motivation, commitment and confidence

*Increased emotional reactions (being more tearful, sensitive or aggressive)


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