3. Signs of stress
If workers start acting differently, it can be a sign they are stressed. Managers should look out for signs of stress in teams and workers. Think about whether the stress could be linked to work pressure.
Acting early can reduce the impact of pressure and make it easier to reduce or remove the causes. If managers are worried that a worker is showing some of these signs, they should encourage them to see their GP. These signs can be symptoms of other conditions. If there is something wrong at work, and this has caused the problem, managers should take action.
Signs of stress in teams
Signs of stress in a team include:
- higher staff turnover
- more reports of stress
- more sickness absence
- decreased performance
- more complaints and grievances
Employers must assess the risks of work-related stress in the workplace and take action to protect workers. You could review policies on bullying, harassment, and discrimination, and check that your first aid needs assessment considers physical and mental health needs.
Signs of stress in a worker
A change in the way someone acts can be a sign of stress, for example they may:
- take more time off
- arrive for work later
- be more twitchy or nervous
A change in the way someone thinks or feels can also be a sign of stress, for example:
- mood swings
- being withdrawn
- loss of motivation, commitment and confidence
- increased emotional reactions – being more tearful, sensitive or aggressive
Workers can help look after their own stress levels at work - if you think you have a problem talk to your manager, a colleague or your GP.