We all know what it’s like to feel stressed. However it should be recognised that what is stress to one person is pressure to another. We all need some form of pressure at work to motivate us. It is when pressure exceeds our normal capacity to cope that stress can begin.
Creating work environments where employers and employees feels valued and supported with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. Line managers play a vital role as the first official contact between an employer and individual in supporting staff that experience distress and/or mental health problems.
Here are some core standards for employers and organisations to establish in their workplaces:-
• Make a mental health at work plan and tell employees about it.
• Make sure that employees know about mental health.
• When workers are finding things hard, give them the chance to talk about mental health and the help and support they can get.
• Make sure employees have control and a sense of purpose about their work. Working should make people feel good.
• Make sure that managers and supervisors manage people properly.
• Make regular checks on workers’ mental health and their wellbeing.
Here are signs to look out for in a work employee or colleague if they’re struggling with stress.
We all have tired days but if somebody is coming to work looking consistently over tired it may be worth a conversation, especially if you notice this is effecting their productivity and attention to detail.
2. Short temper
Not being able to control your temper is a red flag where stress is concerned. Any sudden out bursts or losing control with inanimate objects are signs someone is beginning to crack and this should be addressed urgently.
3. Displays of emotion
Some people are naturally more emotional than others and will freely display their emotion. These people may not be of immediate concern, but if you have an employee who typically doesn’t show a wide range of emotion suddenly often becoming angry or upset, they could be struggling.
4. A change in typical behaviours
Noticing changes in behaviour are a sign that something may not be right. Changes in eating habits, skipping lunch and working through, increased smoking and drinking.
5. Change in appearance
When people are stressed, they are usually dealing with a multitude of problems inside and outside of work and sometimes this means paying less attention to themselves, showing in their general appearance. Again, knowing your staff and how they usually present themselves is important here.