7 key tips to reduce work-related stress
Tuesday, 10th February, 2015, by Alanna FurlanIn today's Health & Safety Bulletin:
Stress is an increasingly common issue in many workplaces, not helped by the fact that many businesses now expect workers to continue working outside of regular hours, and to remain in contact by phone and email.
But stress carries a number of health risks – both mental and physical – including heart disease, anxiety and depression. That’s why it’s necessary to take the appropriate steps to monitor and reduce stress among your workers before it becomes an issue.
7 key tips to reduce work-related stress
Take the following steps to reduce the stress of your workers:
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Increased working hours causing workplace stress
By Michael Selinger
Editor-in-Chief, Health & Safety Handbook
Increasingly, the working pattern for Australians has changed over the decades and the regular 9 to 5 job is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.
The requirement to be on call outside of standard office hours and at the demand of customers or pressure to meet deadlines has meant that the working day has been extended, often with no clear cut-off time.
One of the main issues that has added to workers’ stress levels is the requirement to meet other commitments, such as child care, social activities or appointments while remaining uncertain about when the working day will end.
Staff are also prone to keeping their phones on in the evenings and in many organisations there is an expectation that staff will be contactable at all times.
Stress caused by these increased demands can lead to poor performance, absences from work due to ill health and even workers’ compensation claims.
In conjunction with other measures to reduce stress levels in your organisation, consider when staff are required to work till and whether the nature of your business can accommodate more certainty for people as to when they will finish each day. Improving the level of certainty in that regard can have significant ongoing benefits for your staff, and in turn your organisation.
“Go home and switch off the phone” is an important message you should tell your staff to help ensure their ongoing health and wellbeing.
Other steps you can take include:
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вторник, 10 февраля 2015 г.
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