A 2017 survey conducted by Southern Cross Health Society and BusinessNZ found that 22.9% of businesses noted an increase in stress (more).
High workload is cited as the main trigger of work related stress and discomfort. However, job insecurity, lack of training, poor health and safety policies and workplace bullying are also common causes (more).
Work-related stress is not only detrimental to business performance, but can negatively impact a worker’s physical and psychological health.
The Benefit of Reporting Stress and Discomfort
It is important for employees to report any type of stress or discomfort they are experiencing at work. By doing so, employers will be able to identify and minimise the causes and effects of stress that is harming the employee.
Some employees may feel reluctant to admit they are feeling stressed at work. Nevertheless, reporting it can help protect your health and wellbeing in the long-run, as well as improve your performance at work.
Employers will have the ability to investigate the factors that have led to feelings of stress and effectively implement solutions.
To read more on work-related stress, click here.
What Can Organisations Do?
Employers should treat reports of stress at face value. Taking serious action will help speed up the investigation process and prevent any severe harm from occurring.
Furthermore, employers should be open and supportive when it comes to managing employee wellbeing. Organisations should have systems in place which helps employees confidently report feelings of distress.
Working Wise’s online health and safety system, GOSH, provides workers with a simple form to report stress or discomfort. This process is strictly confidential, where workers give permission to who can view their report.
Contact us if you’re interested in our GOSH system for improving employee health and wellbeing, by filling out our contact form or calling us on 04 499 0710.