Most managers know that a little bit of pressure can be a good thing. It sharpens performance, creates focus, drives the achievement of objectives, and helps teams to pull together.
Yet when pressure turns to stress the effect can be completely the opposite. Productivity can plummet, arguments begin, focus is lost, and retention becomes the number one issue. According to a report by Citation, more than one third of the working population have left a job due to the stress it caused them.
The loss of a key individual can then pile additional stress onto those remaining, and a vicious circle emerges which can destroy teams, departments and even whole businesses. What’s worse, the same report reveals that more than 50% of people are afraid to show signs of stress at work, believing that it shows weakness and might affect their chances of success at work.
So, what can you do if the pressure has turned to stress in your office?
Here are our top 5 causes of stress at work, and the practical action you can take to manage the problem.