UK Organization Calls for Inquiries into Causes of Workplace Stress

When asked what they’d like to be when they grow up, most children will reply with some profession or other, and while the field and the exact position may change greatly with age and experience, it is rare to find an answer which focuses simply on the desire to enjoy whatever is done. Yet a large number of people around the world are unsatisfied with their jobs. From difficulties with managers, supervisors, and other personnel to issues of long hours or other difficulties and the demands of long commutes and short work breaks, employees often feel stress within the workplace. Though such stress may seem tame to the untrained eye, it can have a significant impact on personal health and well-being, and indeed accounts for billions of dollars lost each year throughout most industries due to absenteeism and health care costs. In an attempt to rally greater support for the relief of workplace stress in the UK, public sector union UNISON has demanded that companies take greater responsibility for their internal practices and environments, and investigate why their workers experience stress.

Suggesting that employers have been “burying their heads in the sand” in relation to the issues surrounding workplace stress in the UK, UNISON recently noted that businesses stood not only to enjoy happier, more productive environments should they devote more time and resources to the investigation of stress, but that they could also save a great deal of expense.

The UK, of course, isn’t the only place in which employees often grapple with challenging demands on personal ability and mental and emotional resilience. Through a more concerted, global effort to phase out practices and policies that promote stress, business is likely to experience boosts in efficiency and success, and scores of people stand to experience the thrill of enjoying what they do.

© Copyright 2009 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Oswald

    Oswald

    November 14th, 2009 at 4:02 AM

    I feel the ruthless challenges and the cut-throat competition is leading to these kind of problems at the work place… it is because of the same cause that employers are unhappy with the team-leaders and team-leaders with the team-members…it is a chain reaction… needs to be controlled at the source…maybe we are just running too fast…?

  • Sally

    Sally

    November 14th, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Um, why do work places hold so much stress for their workers? Maybe it is time for them to look at some of the morons that they have in management positions. That right there would probably answer a lot of their questions in a flash.

  • clint

    clint

    November 15th, 2009 at 2:25 AM

    longer breaks,flexible work-hours and no work on weekends is what is required to eradicate this plague.Organizations might be wary of doing this as it means loss of revenue.But a lot more revenue is lost due to ill-health of the employees…thus,if these measures are followed,they can not only have smaller losses but can also have a happy work-force,which will surely result in better work output.

  • Charlie

    Charlie

    November 15th, 2009 at 5:05 AM

    Prejudice is another biiiig reason why there is so much of work stress. Ask any hard working honest immigrant and they would say so. Work is definitely not all there is to a day. Postponing relaxation is also another stress button.

  • LARRY PAGE

    LARRY PAGE

    November 16th, 2009 at 2:18 AM

    It is because of the unwarranted call for excessive competition… everybody wants to outrun the other and get ahead…this may have lead to rise in economic conditions, but health is deteriorating at an alarming pace.

  • Olivia

    Olivia

    November 16th, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    There is not a job in the world that does not hold some level of workplace stress and anxiety. That is just the way it is. Doesn’t mean we have to like it and it would be nice if more companies gave us the tools to better deal with what we face but the reality is that the stress is real and the best thing we can do is make the most of our jobs and remember that that should not be what our lives revolve around anyway.

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