To promote knowledge about workplace stress, how it affects employees and businesses, as well as what you can do about it, we semi-regularly publish articles on various platforms. However, to make it easier for you to find them all, we collate them here.
The last article I published I talked about the difference between being stressed and being busy. Now it is time to look at symptoms of stress.
The best way of knowing if you are stressed is to observe your own behaviour as well as listen to your body and feelings. If these signal to you that you are stressed you should take action.
So what signals should you look out for?
We have all felt stressed at some point in our life’s and in today’s world we tend to be quite busy. But have you ever asked yourself what’s the difference, if any?
When you are busy you might have a full calendar, “a million” things to do and move between tasks quickly. However, you are comfortable with what is asked of you, the pace you keep and the time you have to get through it all.
We have probably all been under pressure and stressed at work at more than one occasion. Often this result in lunch at the desk and one or several late nights. If this happens now and then it can be an inspiring event. However, if it happens “all the time” or is a constant state it will have negative consequences.
Not only will it affect your work performance in a negative way, it will also negatively affect your physical and mental health and, if you are an SME owner, your company.