WORK PLACE STRESS

Workplace stress can occur when people are subjected to demands and expectations that are out of keeping with their needs, abilities, skills and coping strategies.
In general, the combination of high demands in a job and a low amount of control over the situation can lead to stress. Stress in the workplace can have many origins or come from one single event.

Good and bad stress
Stress can be both good and bad. Some stress is normal. It is often what gives us movtivation to meet our daily challenges.
Stress can have negative effects for your health and well being when high demands and expections continue for long periods that exceed your abilities, skills and coping strategies.

WORK PLACE BULLYING
Workplace Bullying is defined as the repeated less favourable treatment of a person by another or others in the workplace which may be considered unreasonable and inappropriate in workplace practice. It includes behaviour that could be expected to intimidate, offend, degrade, humiliate undermine or threaten.

Bullying is normally associated with an ongoing systematic pattern of behaviour.An isolated incident of behaviour is not considered bullying, but may of course lead to action being taken against the perpetrator based on that single incident.

Bullying constitutes significant risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals and can lead to serious psychological injury and other illness. It should be managed using the same risk assessment and control processes that other workplace hazards are subject to.

Decreased productivity
Feeling exhausted
Feeling frustrated
Dissatisfaction with your role
Increased blood pressure
Increased stomach acids
Headaches

Job design: Designing jobs so that the demands of jobs meet the capablities of workers
Adequate rest breaks: Providing sufficent time for recovery from fatigue and providing enough notice to employees when hours of work are changed.
Improving consultation: To ensure employees have participation in decision making.
Improving equipment and tools: Ensuring employees have the correct tools and equipment to perform their job.
Developing a supportive workplace culture
Ensuring early resolution of conflicts
Establishing clear roles and responsibilities
Establishing suitable work/life balance polices
Training: Provide training for employees on stress mangement techniques
Employee assisstance programs:- Providing counselling for employees

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