Topic: Stress Management https://enhancesafetyblogs.blogspot.com/Taking Action On Workplace Stress
Some stress can be motivational but constant feelings of pressure, worry, or tension at work can have a profound effect on our physical and mental health, and the performance of organisation.
Workplace factors that have the potential to cause psychological or physical harm if not adequately eliminated or controlled
Organisation of work: Production Pressure; Lack of role calarity; Poor change management; Insufficient staffing.
Management: Poor communication and leadership; Work life inbalance; Inattention to workers needs and Addressing unacceptable behaviour.
Job design: Work demands; Little to no workers control; Lack of resources.
Outside factors: Financial; Family; Health; Community can also impact workers.
Use a framework such as the national standards for psychological health and safety in the workplace
- Outline a systematic approach to develop and sustain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.
- Focuses on psychological harm prevention and mental health promotion.
- Intended for organization and business groups of all sizes.
- Voluntary standards- not legistated nor a regulation.
- Get senior leadership on board on board, involve ker stakeholders, and identify a champion to help advance activities.
- Develop a policy statement and identify gaps around psychological health and safety
- Analyze result and pick the key issues.
- Implement controls to reduce the risk of psychological harms.
- Evaluate and decide whether to continue the current course of action or explore new initiatives.
- Prevent stress at the source with job design and work practies.
- Create an organizational culture that values worker input (planning,policymaking and setting goals)
- Provide leadership training for managers and supervisor and ensure they support the organizations values.
- Balance job demands with workers capabilities and resources.
- Foster oppurtunties for skill development, personal growth, and social interaction.
- Provide access to personal health resources. Such as an employee assistance program and benefits,to help workers manage stress.
- Seek help when needed and check to see what personal health resources are avaliable.
- Participate in planning with your manager to balance workload and demands.
- Find a hobby or activity that helps you relax,then do it regularly.
- Share your feelings with someone you trust or in a journal.
- Develop healthy habits such as regular exercise and sleep, and a balanced diet.
- Get to know your stress triggers and ehat makes you happy. Acknowledge what you can and canot change about yourself.