Understanding and dealing with Stress in the workplace

Understanding and dealing with Stress in the workplace

With more people than ever spending most of their adult lives at work, isn’t it imperative that our jobs make us happy? 

With stress such a hot topic we’ve been looking at providing, some blogs and videos around stress prevention and awareness with the aim to help make sure everyone has the information and tools they need to not only cope with stressful situations at work but hopefully avoid stress-related issues getting out of hand.

Today we start at the beginning - why is stress at work such a big deal? With 11.7 million working days lost in 2015/16 due to stress, it’s not only compromising people’s long-term health but it’s also costing businesses billions. Luckily, a lot of research is being done into the issue, the results of which are (hopefully) starting to get businesses paying attention.


The stats

The results of the Mental Health Foundation's 2018 study found some worrying results.

Mental Heath Foundation Study 2018

‘Powering through Stress’ is certainly something that rings true in the recruitment industry but also in the industries we recruit for; where a certain amount of stress can be considered a good thing. It keeps us on our toes and can be a driving factor to achieve targets, meet deadlines and close those deals.

But when is enough, enough? And where does the responsibility lie for a happy healthy workplace?


What causes stress?

There are many contributing factors to work stress. The Health and Safety Executive suggests there are 6 main areas - demands, control, support, relationships, role, and change. For example, employees may feel that they:

  • are not able to cope with the demands of their jobs
  • are unable to control the way they do their work
  • don’t receive enough information and support
  • are having trouble with relationships at work, or are being bullied
  • don’t fully understand their role and responsibilities
  • are not engaged when a business is undergoing change

But it’s important to understand that stress affects everyone in different ways – an issue that one person finds stressful may not affect their colleague. Skills, experience, age or disability (not to mention external influences from personal lives) may all affect how an employee deals with and reacts to certain stresses.

So – who takes responsibility? Whilst the employer must implement healthy practices within the business, and garner openness and good communication, we must make sure that staff look after themselves and recognise when to speak up if stress is creeping in.


To address these topics, we’ll be  sharing our top stress-busting tips including:

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Catrin Jones

Operations Manager

Catrin is a jack of all trades at Skillsearch, but she's master of them all too! The unflappable, enthusiastic face that will be your go-to for any questions - that's for contractors, clients and us in the office as well. She's always ready and willing to help and we haven't yet found a problem that she can't solve. She does have an Achilles heel though as she hasn’t yet worked out how to whistle, which would really come in handy when it comes to her new fur baby – Evie the Cockapoo! 

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