What is work-related stress and why do we need to tackle it?

July 15, 2015   //   No Comments

There is a difference between stress and pressure.

We all experience pressure on a daily basis and need it to motivate us and enable us to perform at our best.  It’s when we experience too much pressure without the opportunity to recover, that we start to experience stress. The HSE definition of stress is ‘the adverse reaction a person has to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them.’

We can all feel stressed at times when we feel as though everything becomes too much, when things get on top of us, or when we feel as though we are unable to cope.  It affects us in different ways at different times and is often the result of a combination of factors in our personal and working lives.  Work-related stress can be tackled by working with your employer to identify issues at source and agreeing realistic and workable ways to tackle these.

SAIF Members may read more about this topic and complete a stress quiz on the Health and Safety section of the Members’ Area.  You’ll need to login first.