If you have a stressed colleague…

Do you know when a co-worker is stressed? - Article 3(5)

In my last article I talked about how you can recognise stress in your self. But perhaps it is not you who are stressed, but a co-worker? Would you recognise if your co-workers are stressed?

As you are not as likely to know how your co-worker is feeling a good start is to look at their behaviour:

They might be complaining of headaches, muscle tensions and/or pains, indigestion, dizziness fatigue and problems sleeping. Your stressed co-worker can also be absent from work more than usual as well as be more prone to accidents.

When you interact with them they might not seem to be as concentrated as usual and have problems remembering things as well as act confused. You might also notice that they don’t seem to listen to, or take in, what you say.

Emotionally your stressed colleague can be impatient, negative, moody and lose the temper quicker than usual. But he/she might also be anxious, tearful, have low self-esteem, and seem depressed. All sense of humour might seem lost and they can be increasingly aggressive and restless.

Your colleague’s behaviour might also change and they can become more withdrawn avoiding contact with you and other co-workers. Their usual drive and motivation can be lacking. Planing duties and performing them can suddenly seem difficult for them.

For some, the appetite for unhealthy food increases or the appetite is almost completely gone. As a coping mechanism they might inadvertently increase their use of use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

How many of your co-workers do you now think might be stressed and in need of a helping hand?

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