Stress at the workplace is never fun. When it feels like you’re constantly jumping over hurdles, with hardly any time to rest and recuperate. Unfortunately, stress catches up to everyone. If left untreated, it can actually be incredibly harmful for our body and mind.
Stress can happen for a number of reasons. From workload and long working hours, to poor working relationships and organisational change. Read the rest of the blog to find out what are the top 10 causes of stress at work!
10 Causes of Work Stress
Whether it’s back-to-back meetings or deadlines, anyone would feel overwhelmed pretty quickly if they had a lot of work to do. Sometimes, it can be harder to complete tasks knowing that you have others you need to get done. Especially under timed pressure, or your boss breathing down your neck!
- Working hours
The monotony of a nine to five can be stressful to deal with on its own. It can feel even more tough when you’re burning the midnight oil! It’s normal for many people to feel high strung when they have to work overtime.
- Poor working relationships
Feeling like you can’t get along with your co-workers can put a damper on working life. Spending a majority of your time in an environment where you don’t get on well with your colleagues can be another cause of stress.
- Personal problems
Working can feel even more stressful when you’re juggling personal issues on the side. What could be a simple task or assignment can feel even more taxing when you’re distracted, upset, or unmotivated.
- Bullying or harassment
Being bullied or harassed by another colleague or a boss can make work life feel incredibly stressful. Especially when you feel trapped, or feel as if there’s no one to talk to.
- Poor communication/organisation
Poor communication or organisation can be incredibly frustrating to deal with, especially when they prevent you from doing your job well. Like unclear instructions or feedback, or a lack of structure.
- No appreciation
Everyone of us deserves a pat on the back when we’ve put in the hard work. But sometimes, our efforts don’t get recognised. Especially when we’ve put so much time and effort into getting things done, lack of appreciation from a boss or colleague can bring you down.
- Lack of support
Feeling as if you have no one to turn to when you’re struggling with work or mental health can feel incredibly isolating. All of us need a little bit of help sometimes. When we don’t get that it can make working more difficult.
- Challenging work
When you feel as if the work is insurmountable, this can stress you out in many ways. This also happens when we’ve got a million things to get done, and we don’t know where to start. You may beat yourself up and get it into your head that you’re not good enough. This can stress you out even more!
Sometimes, our bosses can get a little cross or stern. They may also like having things done a certain way, which is completely normal. However, it’s much different when their managerial style leaves little room for error.
Tiptoeing around them for fear of being yelled at or even being afraid to ask them for a day off, is never good for your stress levels.
Stress in the workplace is quite common, and there are usually a few reasons as to why it happens. Identifying and understanding what are some of the causes of stress at work is the first step organisations can take into treating it.
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