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Employees often experience stress at the workplace but are unable to pin point the exact cause of this stress. By identifying the major causes of work stress, you will be better equipped to deal with them.
The 5 major causes of work stress are
Demand - The demands that are paced on employees are a major source of stress. Sometimes the employee has too much work to do and does not possess the required skills for performing the task. Having long working hours is also a source of stress.While work overload is a major cause of stress, work under load ie assigning repetitive, boring and under-stimulating tasks can also be a source of stress
Control- Job Control essentially focuses on the degree of authority an employee has over making decisions and use of skills, including the opportunity for developing new skills. Control refers to aspects of work such as when to start and finish the job, the resources being used and the skills required to perform the job. If an employee has low control over the job he is performing and is being constantly monitored by his superiors, it will automatically lead to job stress. Research studies have shown that people who have lower control over work have higher rates of sickness absence, mental illness and heart diseases
Role- Job roles involve 3 different types of stressors. Role overload, role ambiguity and role conflict. Role overload is the number of different roles an employee is expected to carry out. Role conflict exists when an employee is torn between conflicting role (eg as a member of the sales team, the employee wants to keep the product prices at a minimum but as a member of the finance team he wants the prices to be high) This leads to a conflict of interest. Role ambiguity refers to the lack of clarity over what an employee's job entails. Role conflict and ambiguity have been linked to high anxiety and job dissatisfaction
Relationships and Social Support- Lack of support from supervisors/ managers and colleagues have been linked to poor mental health and depression in a number of research studies. Employees may feel isolated which increases their distress
Change - Organizational change such as introducing new technology, shifting the employee to a new team or even moving the office to a location can be a major source of stress if the change is not handled efficiently and if employees are not consulted in the process
I am shying to talk with opposite gender. How to overcome that. I know its a. Silly question but can you suggest some easy way to get over such kind of phobia. I also hv stage phobia n I can't explain or speak or can't be frank when. Its a bunch of people. I afraid I feel shy Kinda.
Connect - With people around you. With family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Building connections will enrich and support you every day
Be active - Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Find a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness
Take notice - Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual Notice the changing seasons. Savor the moment, whether you are walking to work or eating lunch .Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you
Keep learning - Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Take on a different responsibility at work. Learn to cook your favorite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will give you confidence as well as being fun
Give - Do something nice for a friend or a stranger.Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding
Mental health is a topic that remains largely ignored and brushed aside by society at large. Most people are unaware that depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, second only to back pain. Mental health problems such as depression can have far reaching consequences and affect people’s ability to carry out basic functions like cooking, eating and even getting out of bed in the morning. The tragic incident of the severely depressed pilot of the Germanwings Airline, deliberately ploughing his aircraft into the Alps and plunging 150 people to their deaths is a grim reminder of the harsh reality of mental illness.
While mental health problems like depression and anxiety certainly warrant attention, it is a myth that only people suffering from a mental health condition should seek professional help. Counsellors offer help in coping with all aspects of life such as stress over a job, relationship problems, death of loved one, substance abuse and eating disorders among others. Just like people undergo a general health check-up at regular intervals, undergoing a mental health check-up should also be the norm. Counselling enhances the daily life of people by equipping them to handle their day to day problems better and increasing their self esteem and sense of self worth. Take the case of 26 year old marketing executive, Anita :-
Being a high achiever, right from school to her workplace, she was surprised when she started experiencing feeling of self doubt with regard to her work. She found herself missing deadlines, her concentration suffered and she was increasingly on edge and irritable. On her friend’s advice she decided to seek counselling. Talking to the counsellor, Anita realized her excessively high standards of perfection and the enormous pressure she put on herself had been giving her sleepless nights. She learnt to ease the pressure on herself by making smaller goals. The therapist helped her work through her fear of failure and accept that some things are out of her control She further learnt to stop being controlling & delegate tasks to her co-workers instead. This helped her focus & prioritize her tasks, thereby increasing her work performance
Anita wasn’t suffering from any serious mental disorder.However, professional counselling helped build her resilience and strengthen her coping mechanism.
Professional counselling is especially relevant in today’s fast paced world where people are constantly rushing against time and trying to juggle multiple roles, both in the family and work domain. With the advent of technology and social media, people are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off from work even when away from their workplace. The blurring of work and family life takes a toll on the mind. We are living in an age where family ties are loosening and youngers people are no longer afraid to move to different cities and even countries to explore new opportunities, leaving their friends and family behind. Adjusting to a whole new world often takes a toll on their mental health.
It is a common myth that only children are in need of and benefit from counselling. In reality, counselling is just as important for adults as the stresses of life only increases as we age. As people get older, their responsibilities multiply and they often find themselves questioning their life choices. Talking to a counsellor helps people explore their feelings and understand the ways in which their emotions affects their actions and behavior
The world is slowly waking up to the need for professional mental health support. Most fortune 500 companies provide free and confidential counselling service to their employees. Corporate employees, school children, sportspersons and physically ill patients are all being offered mental health support. Opening up about issues or problems to others can be a liberating experience. Research shows that people find it easier to discuss their problems with professionals rather than family members/friends. The confidentiality, unconditional acceptance of the client and the non-judgmental attitude adopted by professional counsellors may play a role in that.
Becoming clearer about your goals makes it easier to meet them. It can be inspiring to spend some time dwelling on the things which give your life meaning and that you are passionate about. Evoking these ideas and state of mind can help to reorient you to what is truly important to you. Counsellors focus on people’s strengths and personal resources as well as the things which they would like to heal or improve. They act as coaches/mentors to help a person explore their feelings.
Traditionally, psychology focused on mental illness and those suffering from it, but in recent times there has been as increased emphasis on positive psychology. This is a science which focuses on helping ordinary people becoming happier and more fulfilled. This branch of psychology encourages people to focus on their positive aspects & strengthen them rather than focusing on their shortcomings. By cultivating what is best within themselves people will enhance their experience of work, play and love. Positive psychologists point to ten positive emotions - joy, interest, hope, pride, serenity, awe, amusement love, gratitude and inspiration. By focusing on these emotions and trying to inculcate them into our lives, we can be happier and more fulfilled. Thus contrary to popular belief, psychology offers support to not only those who suffer from mental illness but also ordinary people seeking to live a better and happier life.
It is surprising that people spend time and money on spas and beauty treatment but often neglect the state of their own mind. It is important that people are reminded that only in a healthy mind, resides a healthy body. Counselling at regular intervals is recommended for all individuals to lead a healthier and happier life!
5 ways to maintain well being –
Connect- With people around you. With family, friends, colleagues & neighbours. Building connections will enrich & support you every day
Be active- Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Find a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness
Take notice- Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work or eating lunch .Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you
Keep learning – Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Take on a different responsibility at work. Learn to cook your favorite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will give you confidence as well as being fun
Give- Do something nice for a friend or a stranger.Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding
The writer is an organizational psychologist, having trained at King’s College London. She works at Karma Centre for Counselling, organizing corporate training workshops and individual interventions to increase employee well being & productivity at the work place.
Karma Centre for Counselling is holistic and well being focused mental health organization based in Vasant Vihar.It offers Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychological Assessments. The team consists of experts in the field of Counselling, Child, Organizational and Clinical Psychology, experienced in dealing with a variety of issues that are faced by individuals, couples and families at every stage of life.