Finding a perfect work-life balance can be tough. Some people will find themselves taking work pressure home, however, some workers bring external life pressure into their jobs.
It’s vital to recognise when team members may be feeling stressed and pressured; it’s been found that stress can trigger changes in the brain similar to those caused by addictive drugs. With the research suggesting that these changes could make people suffering from stress vulnerable to addiction. We take a look at how life pressures can affect both the employee and the employer.
Lack of sleep
According to research, sleep loss is a leading cause of stress on UK adults. Having an employee who is running on lack of sleep can be harmful to the individual and the business. Productivity will be reduced, and if operating machinery is involved, they may be unable to operate the tools.
There are a range of issues that can trigger complications in peoples’ family lives. Divorce or separation, illness, moving houses or having a baby can all have a huge impact on livelihoods. These are life-changing incidences which can pro-occupy an employee’s mind – both at work and away – causing reduced productivity and concentration.
Falling ill can bring with it many worries – especially about the future. Depending on the employer, being ill could also trigger stress and anxiety about how their employer will react about an illness – whether it’s a long- or short-term illness, a workforce will be affected differently. However, without the right support, an employee’s health could deteriorate and get worse before it gets better.
How an employer can help
It’s all about reaction time. Having a clear focus on health and wellbeing while at work can help promote a positive working environment – rather than a negative one which can fuel existing life pressures.
Support doesn’t need cost a lot, talking is one of the first steps in helping to prevent stress at work. Simply having a team member on hand to listen to others’ thoughts and feeling can reduce them feeling isolated – another vulnerable feeling which can lead to addiction.
Once any life pressures have been raised, the employer should try and help to find a supportive resolution. While this isn’t possible in all cases, if their health is at risk, offering leave from work could be helpful to seek help free of work pressure.
Other ways to encourage support to your workforce:
Offering flexible working times or the option to work from home can help reduce pressure when dealing with a range of issues. If for example, they have children, flexitime will allow employees to be there in the mornings.
- Have designated spaces
Having quiet areas or spaces to relax can help employees unwind while at work – a great investment if the job is a high-risk one for stress.
- Encourage team building
Team building exercise will help to promote togetherness, eliminate isolation and help employees feel part of a team and something bigger. Whether it’s a day out or an office quiz, little tasks done as a group can have huge benefits.