Four in five workers feel stressed in their daily job, and nearly half say that they need help in learning how to manage stress. This year European Safety Week kicks off on October 20th and the theme for 2014 is how ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’. To mark this, the infographic below explores some interesting facts regarding workplace anxiety and demonstrates some simple tips and tricks you can use to help eliminate workplace anxiety and create a stress-free environment.
Work-related stress is the response people have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope. Stress occurs in a wide range of work circumstances but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues, as well as little control over work processes.
Anxiety and stress are the most common reasons to be off work because of illness, with 35% of all absences being given for “mild to moderate mental health disorders”, such as depression, anxiety and stress. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work reported that over half of the 550 million working days lost annually from absenteeism are stress related and one in five of all last minute no-shows are due to job stress. An estimated 1 million workers in the US are absent every day due to stress.
To help eliminate stress causing factors in your workplace follow these simple tips:
- Identify the hazards
- Assess the risks
- Eliminate the risks
- Contain the risks
- Protect from the risks
- Monitor the risks
There are also various workplace design elements you can introduce in order to minimise the anxiety that employees feel while at work. These include:
- Choosing a relaxing colour.
- Getting creative with your office furniture.
- Using natural materials for storage.
- Bringing in lots of personal touches.
Technology can also assist you in alleviating workplace stress. A number of apps can now help employees to alleviate anxiety. From breathing exercises that help reduce symptoms of an anxiety attack, to relaxation training there are a wide variety of options out there to help reduce workplace stress. All Systems Commercial Fitouts is an innovative, dynamic and professional company renowned for delivering excellence through superior service. An established firm, All Systems Commercial Fitouts draws on the wealth of experience of its staff and offers our clients an expertise that is second to none.