Stress can be a very dangerous thing to an individual and the people around him if not handled properly. Stress is everywhere around us.
In this column, we are going to take a look at stress at the workplace and what causes it. But before we do that, let us first find out what stress is. Stress can be simply defined as a continuous worrying feeling about your work or personal life such that you cannot relax. People suffering from stress worry a lot and sometimes can’t even sleep at night because there is always too much pressure and demands on them.
What are the causes of stress in the workplace?
There are so many things at work that can play instrumental roles in causing stress. Below rank amongst some of the major causes of stress at work:
Stress as a result of overworking yourself or being overworked
Stress in the workplace can come from being overworked. This is one of the most common causes of stress at a workplace. There are some bosses who overload their employees with enormous amounts of work with unreasonable deadlines. If you are constantly being overworked in this manner at your workplace, then you are a perfect candidate to suffer from stress. Some people also suffer from stress at work not because their bosses are overworking them, but because they themselves decided to overwork themselves.
Coworkers can be a source of stress
Stress at a workplace can also come about as a result of a person’s coworkers. There are some co-workers who excuse me to say can sometimes be ‘monsters’. Some people are known to bully their co-workers, use degrading words on them or some even try their best to sabotage the work of others. There also other cases of workers harassing their co-workers sexually. For the records, majority of sexual harassment at the workplace is committed by males. There was a recent case that made news where a worker constantly harassed his co-worker until she committed suicide. He would physically touch and grab her in inappropriate ways. He even threatened her that he could make her lose her job if she did not cooperate. Things got so bad she killed herself. So stress at the workplace can also be caused by your own colleagues. This is also another very common cause of stress in the workplace.
Doing the wrong job
You can also get stressed if you find yourself in the wrong job. Someone once said that the worst thing that could happen to a person is to wake up every morning and go to the very job that you hate or cannot do very well. If you hate a particular job, then it goes without saying that doing it is going to be a stressful experience for you. Also if you find yourself in a job in which you do not have sufficient skills to handle, then you are going to find it extremely difficult to do it, and of course that is going to give you a lot of stress.
Work environment can cause stress
Another major cause of stress at work is as a result of the work environment. According to experts, the environment in which you work in can also play a major role in causing stress. For example, if you find yourself working in an environment that is dirty, noisy and not very conducive for work, of course it is going to give you a lot of stress while you work. There are other minor things related to poor working environment that can cause stress at a workplace. An example is uncomfortable furniture and old or broken equipments or tools with which you are required to use to perform your tasks. All of these play a prominent role in causing stress at work.
No good support network
Lack of a proper support network at work can also contribute to stress at work. Let us imagine you work at a place where there is a weak or no human resource department where you can report any problem or make a complaint. If you work in an organization that does not provide support for employees, then the employees have no other option than to handle their work-related problem by themselves, and of course this is going to result in stress.
The above are some of the common causes of stress in the workplace.