Nip work stress in the bud
STRESS and anxiety among staff is one of the biggest concerns in workplaces.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show about 45 per cent of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness at some point in their life, while one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness in any given year.
Workplace stress causes an average of 3.2 days lost for every worker each year, according to a survey by health insurer Medibank Private.
The Executive Connection chairman Jerry Kleeman says it is important therefore that business leaders are mindful of mental wellbeing of workers as it is integral for the creation of healthy workplaces.
SEEK PEER SUPPORT Share your workplace experiences with peers or a mentor, whether you are an employee, manager, business owner or chief executive. It can help to narrow down the problem and tackle it.
OPEN UP Mr Kleeman says there is no reason to bottle up your thoughts and feelings, as there are acceptable and profes- sional ways to express feelings in the workplace. Workrelated problems can become much worse when not shared.
BE ASSERTIVE Don’t take a back seat and hope everything will sort itself out. Have the courage to address problems. A support ive workplace environment should encourage staff talk through problems.
TALK IT OVER: It is harmful to your mental health to bottle up stress at work.