Can you recognize the underlying causes of your employees’ stress?
Surely you know how pressing and competitive the marketplace has become nowadays wherein each business is supposed to work, and more the employee does also.
Still, are you aware of the underlying causes of the employees’ stress? According to the European Union Occupational Safety and Health Agency, the most common causes of stress among workers are:
- Disproportionate requests/requirements
- Non-participation of the employee in the decision-making, on how to perform a job.
- Insufficient managerial or fellow-workers’ support.
- Bad relationships/exposure to unacceptable behaviors, including harassment.
- Lack of clarity as to the role of the employee.
- Unsuccessful change management.
- Violence by third parties or threat of violence / verbal or physical.
- Country’s political and economic situation with a consequential fear of cuts/job loss.
The need to deal with
All of the above types of anxieties hinder the Wellbeing and the employee’s performance, so it is important for a business to be aware of the contemporary status and the ways in which it can cope with anxiety and psychosocial risks at work.
Psychosocial Hazards refer to organizational factors such as design, organization and management of work, lack of supportive relationships, job insecurity or even the culture of a business that can potentially cause psychological or physical harm to workers.
According to the European Union Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), even social or sectoral factors such as a highly competitive environment or an economic downturn have an aggravating impact on psychosocial risks at the workplace.
Businesses that aim to create in terms of mental health, a friendly and secure status at the workplace, adopt preventive actions that have a positive impact on their people health, safety and well-being; at the same time, they are limiting the factors that negatively affect mental health and are supporting their workers in need.
Therefore, the company gains a significant competitive advantage, because its employees feel that their employer cares for them and their needs and have extra incentives to perform well and develop stronger links with the business.
Strengthening valence and productivity strengthens the business, which also benefits from the reduced direct and indirect costs, creates prospects for a steady growth, while at the same time it projects to the outside a positive corporate image.