There’s no denying that in today’s world most of us need to work to survive. While it’s fairly common to experience small levels of stress and anxiety in the workplace, if these feelings continue for long periods of time it can seriously impact your health. Employers and employees need to learn to manage work stress and fatigue and strike a balance that enables them to thrive.
What Are the Symptoms and Effects of Stress and Fatigue?
It’s incredibly important to be aware of symptoms of stress and fatigue as this is key to managing both. Stress can result in feeling like you’ve had your motivation and energy sapped away or in other words, fatigue. While there are many other symptoms associated with stress some of the most common are changes in your focus levels, increased irritability, muscle tension, disturbed sleep and changes in your appetite.
A fatigued individual has a reduced ability to perform work safely and effectively as they often have a reduced alertness. Working fatigued can be a danger to yourself and others around you. No one wants to cause injury to themselves or others as a result of a simple mistake and mistakes are more likely to happen if you are fatigued.
Long term exposure to stress results in a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. This is because stress causes the body to produce adrenaline which increases your blood sugar, your blood pressure and makes your muscles tense. The higher level of adrenaline increases risk of heart attack or stroke. With such high stakes it’s important to manage your stress.
How to Manage Stress Levels
There are many things employees and employers can do to manage stress levels in and around the workplace. On a personal level, ensuring that people have a good diet, are relaxing or really taking the time to do things you enjoy can help reduce stress. Employees can also reduce stress through completing tasks that give them a sense of accomplishment, feeling like they have opportunities for advancement or supportive relationships at work.
A few ways employers can help contribute to stress management is by ensuring employees have an appropriate workload, providing a variety of tasks and focusing on good communication. While there are many ways of addressing stress in the workplace, stress management isn’t enough. Stressors need to be identified and depending on what they are can be managed by elimination, isolation or minimisation.
People can also talk to health professionals to help them manage the stress in their lives. There are range of options available, but some individuals may worry about price. There are a range of options available and resources, it is important to find a solution that works for you. Health insurance may be able to help with the financial aspect of your health.
Have a Plan B
While it’s impossible to avoid stress altogether, it’s important to ensure we are managing it and not putting people through extended periods of stress as this can have severe health consequences. There are steps both employees and employers can take to manage workplace stressors, and individuals have a range of options available.
No one wants to add another potential stress to their load, and the financial cost of treatments can seem overwhelming. However, health insurance may be able to help. For more details on how health insurance can help you, please contact us.