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Work-related stress: how to recognise it and what to do

In recent years, work-related stress has taken centre stage among issues related to corporate well-being and workers' mental health.

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Research presented by various organisations reveals rather discouraging data in this regard:

  • According to Alight's report presented at the International Workforce and Wellbeing Mindset Study, more than 70 per cent of employees classify their stress level as high or moderate;

  • only a very small proportion of employees feel that companies are interested in their work well-being;

  • the number of people choosing voluntary resignation is increasing year by year;

  • in the People at Work 2023 survey by the Adp Research Institute, 63% of workers believe that their work is negatively affected by stress.

Thus, work-related stress (SLC) is a rather heavy condition for workers that depends on factors related to the company and the work environment. One of the main risks related to SLC is burn-out syndrome, but there are also less invasive effects that still tend to affect a person's quality of life: anxiety, sleep disorders, nervousness.

But what exactly is work-related stress?

Stress da lavoro correlato: come riconoscerlo e cosa fare

Definition of work-related stress

"A condition that may be accompanied by disturbances or dysfunctions of a physical, psychological or social nature and is a consequence of the fact that some individuals do not feel able to meet the demands or expectations placed on them", this is the definition of work-related stress found in the European Framework Agreement of 2004.

Thus, even if it is not a real illness, SLC results from the worker's difficulty in completing or controlling the tasks assigned by their superiors. Due to this feeling of inadequacy, the employee may experience psychological or even physical problems.

Symptoms of work-related stress

As an individual condition, each person may have different reactions to stressful situations at work. Commonly, work-related stress manifests itself with:

  • concentration difficulties

  • anxiety

  • malaise

  • sleep disorders

  • memory loss

  • hypertension

  • heart problems

SLC sufferers also tend to develop drug and alcohol addictions. It is clear how all this has a negative impact on the productivity of the employee, who may become demotivated and less efficient.

Burn out is also an issue that often results from work-related stress. Typical symptoms of this condition are panic attacks, depression, frustration, skin disorders and headaches.

Stress da lavoro correlato: come riconoscerlo e cosa fare

How to manage and prevent work-related stress in companies

Current occupational health and safety legislation has provided for the assessment of work-related stress for several years (Legislative Decree 81 of 2008). Since 2010, the obligation concerns all companies with at least one employee, and penalties for non-compliance can exceed EUR 6,000.

In reality, it is possible to reduce the risk of work-related stress by actively involving workers in risk assessment. How?

With Qomprendo you can actively listen to the worker and prevent critical issues. We at Qomprendo have created a platform to obtain reliable reports on the company, while keeping the employee's personal data absolutely confidential.

Book your demo now and take immediate action on the causes of work-related stress in your company. Improving the conditions of your employees will increase the organisation's productivity, reduce the risk of sanctions and eliminate the heavy costs associated with employee discomfort.

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