Identifying and handling stress in the workplace

By 5th September 2019Tips

It’s that time of year again! The new school year has arrived… but were you excited and prepared or have you been anxious and dreading it?

 

An Acas poll showed that two thirds of employees surveyed have felt stressed and/or anxious about work in the last 12 months and for people working in the education sector, September is one of the busiest periods in and out of the classroom. Whilst every part of school will be buzzing, keeping your eye-out for the well-being of yourself and your colleagues could make a world of difference and spotting it could be easier than you think.

 

Stress in the workplace is mainly caused by pressure/demands, lack of support or more typically a combination of the two. So how can you identify someone who may be struggling with this? There are several key indicators, be aware it could be any of the following.

Figure 1: Derbyshire Community Health Service

 

 

How you deal with this stress greatly impacts on your overall health so catching this early can be crucial. If you think you are suffering it is advisable to talk to someone whether it is your line manager, GP or an occupational health team. However, there are things you can do in the short term that can help you to deal with what you are going through.

  1. It is OK to ask for help. Four hands are better than two and if you are struggling no one will blame you for asking for help!
  2. Balance your time and prioritise tasks. Everything does have to be completed, but what needs doing first and what can wait?
  3. Learn how to say no. Be realistic with the amount of work you can take on. If you take on too much will it be of detriment to your existing tasks? Will it be of detriment to yourself?

 

Looking after your mental and physical health should always be your priority. For further information there are some useful links below.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/workplace-mental-health/work-and-stress/#.XVQXz-hKhPY

https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/mental-wellbeing/stress/beat-stress-at-work

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/schools/deal/deal-resources/coping-strategies/deal-managing-stress-making-choices/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4s7qBRCzARIsAImcAxZgyJzoSFFjCNxVF5LNZtxmtu7Q6c2R1r8PjPs5mkuYxdkAfWNsxL4aApY9EALw_wcB

 

 

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