Work Stress

What is stress counselling?

While stress is a normal part of life and in some cases even manageable without the need for professional assistance, this may not always be the case.
Stress and anger management counselling is the process of talking to a professional psychotherapist about issues an employee may be experiencing.
Within the workplace, an employee assistance programme (EAP) can provide this support for employees. It allows them access to an independent and confidential helpline for them to discuss their issues with trained counsellors.

How does counselling help stress?

Counselling for stress at work aims to identify the causes of an employee’s work-related stress. When conducted in a private and judgment-free environment, it can help the employee to understand the cause of the stress, and find steps to manage and reduce it. It’s common for people to experience stress at work. But it can affect everything from your mood to the way you treat friends, family or colleagues. Extended periods of stress can be a risk factor for other underlying issues, such as depression or anxiety. This is when it might be helpful to consider counselling for stress. As well as helping with identifying the causes of stress, counselling can also help to understand the role that your thoughts play in increasing your stress level. The process also provides employees with a sounding board to talk about issues that they’re experiencing. It allows counsellors to work with them to develop better ways to manage these issues. Talking to an experienced professional can provide you with a specific programme based on your particular situation and needs.

What causes stress in workplace?

There are multiple factors that might result in workplace stress like physical discomfort, multitasking, interpersonal conflict, or disorganisation in the workplace setting. Along with work-related stress, certain other factors add in this stress build-up.
They are:

  • Low salaries
  • Excessive workloads and longer working hours
  • Few opportunities for growth or advancement
  • Work that is not engaging or challenging
  • Lack of social support
  • Not having enough control over job-related decisions
  • Unclear performance expectations

How to manage workplace stress?

Here are some stress management techniques that can help one cope with workplace stress and help maintain good physical and mental health.

  • Take things one step at a time
  • Start your day right
  • Organise yourself
  • Address conflict without adding to it
  • Address physical issue that are adding to stress
  • Take break to rejuvenate
  • Be clear about your role