In light of Stress Awareness Month (1 April – 30 April), almost half of UK organisations are introducing wellbeing initiatives to support the physical and mental health of employees at work. Research by Robert Half UK has found that nearly…
Stress is the way a body reacts to a challenge or problem and it can manifest itself in very different ways. It is not necessarily limited to a large work load or unhappy environment; although these are contributing factors. Time pressures, long hours, job security and long commutes are all factors that can cause stress amongst employees.
Research has found that these factors can impact an employee’s overall mental wellbeing and have an effect on energy, drive and productivity. An organisation’s culture and environment and are equally responsible so employee happiness is key.
Working in a stressful job for 15 years increases the risk of five forms of cancer
Working in a stressful job can put more than just an individual’s blood pressure at risk. An employee’s overall mental wellbeing will impact an organisation’s culture, environment and productivity in a drastic manner.
A recent study by Preventative Medicine reports that significant links were found to stomach, lung, colon, rectal and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, researchers from Quebec University measured the link of this and how prevalent it is in men.
High workload and time pressures are two factors of stress mentioned, yet these aren’t the only ones. Job insecurity, financial problems and dealing with customers are other factors listed by the participants. In addition to these, others include dangerous working conditions, interpersonal conflict, commute and employee supervision.
The most stressful jobs included:
Well, researchers believe that those working under high stress levels may start smoking, overeating or consuming alcohol – all of which are known risk factors to lead to cancer.
Now there are two ways this can change:
The best employees will leave to find a less stressful job.
The organisation creates a happier environment where employees can manage better.
- By Sonia Rach, editor and employee happiness evangelist at Perkbox.
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