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Work Stress When your job is affecting your health
Is work stress affecting your ability to do your job and preventing you from leading a happy and healthy life?
Work stress is on the increase with many people still not fully recovered from the aftermath of the global financial crisis, working long hours, facing job insecurity and not taking their full annual leave entitlements. Work can affect your health and it is wise to be aware of when it is affecting you and what you can do about it.
Types of work related health risks
Work stress at an organisation can occur for a lot of different reasons. People will be affected differently by a work culture and where one person may thrive in a work environment, another person may find it stressful based on their physical and mental makeup.
Causes of work induced stress may include:
Long hours and too much work
Job insecurity or lack of promotional opportunities
Physical health issues such as a bad chair or poor lighting
There are many common symptoms of work stress. An unhealthy work situation can affect both your mental and physical health, stop you from performing your best in the workplace and being happy and healthy. Here are some of the common symptoms identified by health professionals:
Increase in headaches and work fatigue
Gastrointestinal upsets, such as diarrhoea or constipation
Inability to concentrate or made decisions
Strategies to address stress at work should be dealt with on a case by case basis. It is a company’s duty of care under common law and the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 (the OHS&W Act) to provide a work environment that is free from workplace stress. You can seek advice from:
Your HR representative and/or union representative
Your family doctor and/or a psychologist
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC)
In Australia, the total cost of workers’ compensation claims for stress-related conditions is estimated at over $200 million every year. Take control of your workplace stress and implement strategies to help you become healthier at work whether this may mean taking a holiday, reducing your hours or even finding a new role and/or workplace.
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