Work stress is very common yet equally dangerous because on average, people spend at least 8 hours at the workplace. Most people spend more time at the place of work than elsewhere. Therefore, a place of work should be conducive, peaceful and lively to accommodate staff’s emotional evolutions. These are common causes of stress around workplaces;
Poor time management
He who manages time appropriately manages so many things. Once the time is mishandled, you will eventually accomplish a few tasks before or on deadlines. Poor time managers are ever stressed with the workload and complaints from seniors. What time do you report for work? Do you maximize your time effectively while at work?
“You never contribute anything useful to this team, department or organizations,” Supervisor said, “I will crush you just like a grader.” He concluded. We have ever heard such complaints from our trainees being given such feedback at their places of work. Communication once mastered well breeds unity, elevates team spirit and resolves so many conflicts. But once it executed poorly, team breakages, gossip are inevitable.
Unclear job description
It is possible that some people get on the job with unclear knowledge of what to do. It is even worse, that managers do not bother to offer training to these new people. In the end, words of insult and questions of whether they were hired on merit to come up. Therefore, the HR body, ensure people know what they are supposed to do when and how they are to be promoted, appreciated and considered for other greener pastures.
Mistrust among staff
Trust binds teams together, trust enables one-time delegation and no doubt of accomplishment. loopholes in integrity and dishonest of staff in management, teams, and organization cripple the team spirit and thus affecting performance. Members who feel not being trusted are stressed either for the right causes of wrong ones. Minimize trust cases in organizations and you’ll get some staff relieved from stress.
Conflicts at the workplace
There are so many reported death cases of coworkers killing one another. The inevitability of disagreements does not qualify for the presence of conflicts. A workplace with conflicts bread divisions lowers teamwork, affects performance, promotes gossip and time wastage. All of these affect both involved and noninvolved staff at the workplace.
As managers, how best are you ensuring the safety of your employees? How are you helping them release stress?
By Daniel Moyiti