We are leading increasingly fast-paced and hectic lifestyles. Our own research has shown stress is a huge problem in many businesses. In fact, 64% say it has been a problem in the last 12 months alone1.
Many factors contribute to work-related stress. When you face impending deadlines, demanding tasks and challenging goals, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. And that’s without considering any demands or pressures in your personal life.
Stress relates to a variety of mental and physical health problems, including:
- mental disorders,
- emotional instability,
- migraines, and
- disruption of social and family life.
Be wary of the following stress symptoms:
- Short temper
- Upset stomach
- Sore back
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased errors
The good news is that it is possible to manage stress, consider:
- Planning and prioritising: Set and agree realistic deadlines. Create a “to-do” list to prioritise your work. Break larger tasks into smaller, more doable steps.
- Give yourself time: Think things through before you act, and begin with a clear goal in mind. This way, you’ll prevent yourself having to start over halfway through a misguided project.
- Think outside the box: When you’re feeling overwhelmed or overworked, search for alternative ways to get the job done. By doing so, you could save time and money, and put your projects into fresh perspective.
- Use all your resources: Learn to delegate effectively to get the right people to support you.
- Take a break: To relieve stress, make time to take a break. August 15th is National Relaxation day so why not take the opportunity to think about how your work life balance and build relaxation into your schedule.
- Review your benefits: Many employers offer access to an Employee Assistance Programme. These programmes can deliver support and counselling service to help you manage your problems.
Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and reduce stress will improve health. Private medical cover may also be able to help with any mental or physical health issues by providing access to health consultants or practitioners, often via self-referral or private GPs. To find out more, call 03301346716 to speak to one of our advisors. Or visit jelf.com/for-life/private-medical-insurance.
1 Jelf employee benefits survey 2017