WHAT IS STRESS?
How many times do you hear your husband, wife, partner, work colleague or stranger in the street say “Ahhhrrrrr, I’m so stressed!!? It’s normal right? It’s perfectly fine to have these days with working, paying bills, work/life balance - the list goes on and on but, I’ll let you into a secret, it’s what you do about it that really matters.
Experiencing stress is part of being alive. It’s normal. A simplistic way of describing ‘Stress’ is to describe it as a feeling that is created when we react to certain events or situations; it is our body’s natural way of responding and meeting situations or challenges. When working properly stress can actually improve our ability to perform well. Stress will only become a problem when this auto-response is continuous and starts to affect how we cope on a day to day basis.
It is also important to know that not all stress is negative and that certain levels of stress can even:
help you achieve,
help you grow,
can bring on excitement,
help strive for a goal and
even help you avoid danger.
It is important to remember that everyone reacts differently and has different levels of stress for any given situation. No two people are the same.
STRESS IS A GROWING TREND
did you know?
Australians are working longer and harder than ever and are one of the most stressed out nations in the world
Mental stress costs the Australian economy in excess of $14.81 billion per year; the direct cost to Australian businesses/employers is more than $10 billion per year and the figure is growing
Over one third of working Australians identified issues in the workplace as a source of stress
Financial issues are rated as THE top cause of stress
Also of concern is the increase in the number of people turning to gambling to manage stress, now one in five!
Work related stress is the 2nd most common compensated illness/injury
Increased workplace stress in costing businesses dearly through decreased productivity, higher staff turnover and low staff morale with people cracking under the strain of work due to longer hours, less personal life and greater expectations placed on work by their bosses. Although it can be said that not all stress is workplace related or even initiated, as we spend the majority of our time in the workplace, any issues arising from home such as family responsibilities, relationship issues, bills and so on, this stress will affect our ability to perform at work and manifest there.
More alarming statistics:
Mental stress claims are the most expensive form of workers’ compensation claims as a consequence of the lengthy periods of absence from work that are common with such claims.
There are more mental stress claims made for work pressure than any other sub-category.
Mental stress has accounted for an average of 95% of mental disorder claims over the past 10 years
Don’t become a statistic and let your staff or your business burn out. Let me teach you and your staff how to be aware of stress and how best to overcome it.
STRESS becomes an occupational hazard if it adversely impacts on safety and health in the workplace. Often, there is confusion between challenge and stress in the workplace and whilst challenge at work can have positive effects on people, work related stress is an OHS hazard that can pose risks to psychological and physical health. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, legislation states that employers must provide and maintain for employees, a work environment that is safe and without risks to health and safety: work related stress, its sources and effects come under that OHS legislation.