Work-related stress

Written on 08 Mar 2012

The recent sacking of Chelsea Football Club Manager Andre Vilaas-Boas has highlighted the immense pressures that top level football club managers are under.

Pressure comes from every side - from club managers, from fans, the media, the players - everyone all clamouring for success on the field with the attendant riches that brings.

This has to be one of the most public displays of work-related stress that has been seen recently and while Vilaas-Boas is leaving with an extraordinarily generous compensation package, the stress of the job will have taken some toll on him.

But you don't need to be a premier division football manager to experience the highest levels of work-related stress. The Government's own Health & Safety Executive confirms that "work-related stress is widespread in the UK working population and is not confined to particular sectors or high risk jobs or industries". So what is this "stress" ?

It's when the demands of a job exceed the individual's personal capacity to complete the tasks given. This can range from a shop worker being given too many shelves to stack within contracted hours to the highest level executive trying to complete a multi-million pound deal.

We all have our own individual capacity to perform and achieve. Many are able to do so within jobs where the role and demands are fine and can be achieved - often when a professional and supportive management structure has systems in place to ensure that staff suit their role and job demands and which are reviewed on a regular basis.

The recent downturn in the economy and the accompanying threats to jobs though has resulted in a significant increase in work-related stress levels with employees reluctant to be seen to finish work on time, with more work being heaped on fewer staff and with ever increasing targets having to be met. These stress levels can lead to significant physical health issues such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and similar, but can also significantly affect emotional health which in turn can impact on, for example, relationships at home.

Counselling offers an opportunity to reflect on the content and process of your work with the aim of reducing and managing stress to improve morale and job satisfaction.

If you've been affected by the topic that I've covered in this blog post, and would like to discuss your feelings, you can leave a public comment below. Alternatively, if you'd like to communicate with me on a one-to-one basis about any issues you'd like to discuss further, you can either email me or call me on 07946 517967.


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Martin Grantham 29 Mar 2012

This all sounds horribly familiar.
Work is really tough right now with too many deadlines and it keeps piling up.Am not sleeping well and deperately need a break.
Work shouldn't be like this all of the time. Need to get off the merry go round before it all goes wrong. Might well see what a session with you can do for me.