Workplace stress is hard to handle at the best of times, but when unemployment is high, redundancies are common and competition for promotions is so fierce it’s frightening, workplace stress levels go through the roof. The problem with workplace stress is it is often hard to identify other than a general feeling of ‘being stressed’. Being able to identify the root cause of that stress means you can take steps to dry and deal with it.
Below are the top 10 causes of stress in the workplace, which might help you find out where yours is coming from.
1 Being Overworked
Probably the most obvious of all the stress factors. If you have too much work to do, insufficient time to do it in, and unreasonable pressure on you to hit those deadlines, even the most capable employee is going to feel the heat.
2 Being Underworked
Not such an obvious stress factor, but in the current environment where redundancies are still being made, no one wants to be seen to be twiddling their thumbs and being paid to do nothing on the company’s time. This is especially hard if you have no control over your workflow.
3 Job Security
Things have changed a lot in the last 50 years and job security doesn’t really exist anymore. However, in an economic downturn, where lay offs are being made and hires are not, the stress of not having job security can be seriously magnified.
No one wants to remain in the same position, on the same pay for an extended period of time, but many careers are currently stifled by a market where little hiring or promotion is being done. Even though you may have a job, not being able to get to your next level can make you feel bored and trapped, which can be stressful.
5 The Wrong Job
If you find yourself in a job that you have insufficient skills or experience to handle, you’re going to feel like you’re sinking from the word go. When you can’t ask for training or help because you don’t want to admit you’re not right for it, the stress increases twofold.