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What factors make a work role stressful?

According to SafeWork Australia, there are some factors which are more likely than others to trigger stress in the workplace.

One of these factors is an individual’s ‘role’. Some roles are more stressful than others, and from time to time people work in a particularly stressful environment or participate in a stressful work situation.

The ‘content of a job’ is also a factor which can easily lead to employees feeling tense and underutilised. When workers are pushed through short work cycles which under-utilise their skill set, stress is a common result.

Other factors which can lead to stress include unpredictable work schedules, low participation in decision making and ambiguity within a role.

Many of these factors affect workers every day. However, SafeWork warn that the combination of a number of these factors can create a high-stress environment for workers which ultimately begins to impact on the employee’s wellbeing and the organisation’s productivity.

Prolonged exposure to these conditions can also result in more serious conditions such as depression, with stress building up over time and through a number of different triggers. Anxiety, depression and burning out are all very real risks for workers who have been experiencing these conditions over a prolonged period. These incidents can also turn into a workers compensation claim as a lost time injury.

Stress can even take a toll on the physical well-being of employees, with cardiovascular conditions often resulting from demanding working environments.

These risks are all serious issues for employers and employees but there are many different tools which can help you to identify and understand these conditions. WorkPro has recently released a free e-book which details the different causes of stress in the workplace, along with the appropriate measures to manage workplace stress before it impacts the wellbeing of your staff.

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