Health and safety

Weight of the World: Effectively Managing Your Workplace Stress

December 20, 2018

Stress: an inevitable, ever-present fact of workplace life. Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. It affects people of all ages, genders, and circumstances.

While it has a negative connotation, stress can be a useful motivator that helps you meet daily tasks and overcome challenges. Stress becomes a problem when there’s too much of it present in one’s life. When this happens, negative effects can arise, such as a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, and even heart disease. With all the time people spend at work, it’s unsurprising that people name work the greatest stressor in their life.

Workplace stress is not an uncommon topic of conversation. The extent of the problem, though, is still astonishing: 73% of workers report being stressed at work, and one person in four leaves their job due to stress. Studies have shown that workload is one of the leading job-related stressors in Canada, with 62% of people ranking it as their primary stressor. Nothing else comes close; only 12% of people named finances, the second leading cause, as their primary stressor. With all these potential stressors, it’s important for everyone to understand ways to prevent becoming overloaded, and how to overcome stress when it does become too much.

How can you and your team work towards a less stressful workplace? Download our FREE Reducing Workplace Stress Guide which will provide steps you can take to help reduce overall stress levels.

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