Managing workplace stress (Excess work) should not be ignored because of its numerous negative effects.

 What is stress: Most people define stress as a way in which the body responds to demands, be it physical, psychological or emotional.

Stress can also be said to be a physiological compensation to excessive demand. It is compensatory because the body is using stress as a medium to communicate that it has exceeded its limit.

Stress is a very serious issue in our different workplaces. Sometimes, stress is self inflicted while other times it is externally inflicted or just caused by work demands.

Consequence of stress ranges from high blood pressure, coronary disorders, loss of self confidence, etc.

It is because of these consequences that the ILO (International Labour Organization) assigned a duty to employers to avoid stress among their workforce.

It is quite unfortunate that in a country like Nigeria, most employers, especially in the private sector are still ignoring the duty.

Statistics by NIOSH at a time had it that;

  • 40% of workers reported that their work was very stressful.
  • 25% view their job as the number one stressor in their life
  • 29% felt quite a bit extremely stressed at work.
  • Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial and family problems.

Major stressors

  1. Workload
  2. People issues
  3. Juggling work and personal issues
  4. Lack of job security.

Ways of managing workplace stress (Excess work)

  1. Identify your stressor(s):

    Is it workload, people issue (Your boss or fellow colleague?), juggling between work and personal issue or job security?

Identifying your stressor will open a head way to solving your stress issue.

  1. Set priority:

    The problem most of us have is that we take our job as it comes. Sure, not all tasks are of equal importance, if you spend time on task with low importance, we will find ourselves battling to cover up too many tasks than necessary. If you do not know the important tasks, ask your boss.

  2. Be focus:

    This happens to too many people when they arrive at the office. We spend much time exchanging pleasantries, joking, and getting involved in less productive discussions. By doing this, we waste some good time which could have been invested in our tasks for the day.

  3. Be open-minded:

    You may be working with a rude boss or a rude colleague, but when you are open-minded you will be able to distant yourself from yourself to view things ion other peoples perspective. This will help you make well thought decision, and know how to operate.

Never be too fearful to express your dissatisfaction, and be polite and objective when presenting your view.

Remember humans are naturally selfish; everyone tends to stand where he/she suits; so your presentation          matters if your view must be considered.

  1. Do not transfer personal issues to work, it could get you SACKED. Taking personal issues to work dampens your productivity and also interferes with your relationship with your boss and colleagues. This will aggravate the level of stress you will be exposed to.
  2. Get good rest:

    After a stressful at work, a good rest is necessary to recover for the next day. Avoid staying out long to drink; it will worsen your state the next morning.

  3. Eat balanced diet:

    Balanced diet is very indispensable when you need to avoid or recover from stress. This will re-energize you and provide necessary nutrient for your body build up. Avoid junk foods.

  4. Exercise:

    Exercise enhances circulation resulting to better tissue perfusion and also help get rid of waste products of metabolism thereby keeping you healthy and strong.

  5. Your job security is not under your control, why worry about it. Work every day as it could be your last, and make considerable plan for the future as if the job is finishing today.

                                                   AVOID STRESS AND STAY HEALTHY

By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

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