Working in a stressful job can put more than just an individual’s blood pressure at risk. An employee’s overall mental wellbeing will impact an organisation’s culture, environment and productivity in a drastic manner.
A recent study by Preventative Medicine reports that significant links were found to stomach, lung, colon, rectal and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, researchers from Quebec University measured the link of this and how prevalent it is in men.
High workload and time pressures are two factors of stress mentioned. These aren’t the only ones. Job insecurity, financial problems and dealing with customers are other factors listed by the participants. In addition, others include dangerous working conditions, interpersonal conflict, commute and employee supervision.
How can this lead to illness and what can be done?
Researchers believe that those working under high-stress levels may start smoking, overeating or consuming alcohol. All of which are known risk factors to lead to cancer. If you are worried about your mental health or feel overly stressed, here are five simple changes you can start making to improve your wellbeing.
- Build happy relationships:
Being more sociable with colleagues and managers can quickly relieve stress and help to initiate positive relationships. Improving communication across the workforce is a great listening tool
- Eat healthily
Food choices can make or break how someone feels day-to-day. Ensuring sugar levels are managed is a good place to start. Avoid nicotine and have caffeine and alcohol in moderation.
- Help to create a fun culture:
If employees see their managers or seniors acting in a calm and rational manner, they will automatically feel more at ease. Ensure management is consistent.
Ensure workload is organised and prioritised to allow employees time to manage better. Aim to have a balanced schedule and plan regular breaks.
- Sleep better and exercise
Ensure that employees are managing their time well enough to commit themselves to other activities and are not pressured by work. An employee who is getting enough sleep and activity is more likely to be engaged and productive.