Vol. 1, Issue 17 (Sep 02) Stress at Work

To alert and coincide with the forth coming “European Safety Awareness” week, we cover a subject matter previously mentioned.

Many of us work long hours and take little breaks, management does not necessarily recognise the symptoms.

Stress is pressure and tension. It is often described as the “fight or flight” response to danger. Its automatic, muscles tense, the heart beats faster, a rush of adrenaline gives extra strength and energy needed to fight or run away from the danger.

Stress can be negative and it can be positive.

Too much stress can leave you tired, angry, depressed and frustrated. Unrelieved stress can lead to emotional problems and physical illness.

Some stress can be good, It can spur you on to solve a problems, or challenge you to go that little bit futher to achieve a goal.

Nearly everyone is affected by stress to some degrees, it does depend on.

  • Your personality
  • Your kind of work or occupation.
  • Changes in life, divorce, death etc.
  • Other factors can include age, your financial position & satisfaction with life in general.

Some causes of stress.

Work environment, poor lighting, noise, long hours, altering shift hours, some work with hazardous materials.
Work demands, pressure to meet deadlines or production quotas.
Your expectations. In general your job or career, in terms of salary and rewards, job security or promotion.
People around you, Your relationship with others you come into contact with, colleagues or customers and partners.

Know the symptoms.

Emotional signs include, irritability, hostility, loss of self esteem, anxiety feeling of helplessness, loss of concentration.

Physical signs include, fatigue, tension headaches, upset stomach, sleep problems, back aches, weight loss, high blood pressure, muscle tension, nervousness, changes in appetite, cold hands and feet.

The above list does not cover all the symptoms.

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