Nip work stress in the bud

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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.

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