Let me cite some of the major factors that contribute to workplace stress in many Philippine companies. Check those which are in your workplace.
Think also of others which I was not able to list (because of time and space constraints)
1. Too much work demands, too little capability. When there is a mismatch between work demands and employee’s knowledge and abilities, people get easily stressed
Not all people are equal. There are those who get easily stressed by many “small” assignments. Sometimes, we fail to remember this.
Work demands and pressures are often caused by employees’ inability to get the job done.
If you cannot help employees to manage the demands of work, they will become less productive. When they are less productive, they get more stressed.
Stress is a monster for those who cannot manage it. Stress sucks their energy. It deflates their confidence.
2. Lack of control or choice. Or the perception that they don’t have any other choice. Filipinos have a word for stressful workplace: toxic!
Many feel that they don’t have control over their co-workers who are bullies and tsimosos (and tsimosas).
They don’t have control over supervisors who are always angry and managers who are perfectionist.
They hate the workplace, but since they have family to support they were left with “no choice” but stay. The workplace becomes a torture chamber.
Your organization must do something to address this problem before a stress management workshop to make your training program relevant.
3. Employees feel they have little or no support from the organization. It is survival of the fittest.
Workplace stress appears huge when employees do not feel supported. They isolate themselves and find “comfort” in over-eating and over-everything.
Mis-managed stress kills organizational productivity.
Mis-managed stress also destroys the team fabric of your organization. A yearly team building cannot undo the daily suffering of employees in unsupportive environment.
A stress management policy or a wellness program may help address the effect of mis-managed stress.
But I bet that only 1 in 100 of Filipino companies have stress management policy installed and observed.
4. Poor management causes more stress than anything. Managers face a lot of pressures every day. Some managers’ stress reduction strategy is to channel the pressure to their employees.
I know this is wrong.
But this is very, very common.
The problem with poor management has something to do with communication, leadership, and focus.
This is why managers must also become effective stress managers so they can help people whom they are leading.
Managers magnify workplace stress when they themselves become the stressors.
5. Job is boring and meaningless. They just do the same things every day. Yes, like robots.
But workplace professionals are human beings, not robots. They learn and produce better when they are together, when they are engaged, when they solve problems, and when they do what they do best.
In a stress management workshop, you can explore many ways of bringing workplace professionals to life.
Before the workshop, I can help you come up with engagement strategies.
6. Little or no training, and no employee development program. In short, no growth.
It is normal for workplace professionals to seek growth. Like trees, they need some sunshine. They need to grow on a good soil. They need water.
Because they are not robots. Oh, but even robots need some maintenance or upgrading to be continue being useful.
7. Uncertain of professional’s role in your organization, conflicting duties within their roles, or inability to cope with being responsible for “other” people. A new manager or supervisor finds this most stressful.
So ensure that new supervisors and managers get stress management training before you promote them to a new job.
Looking for a stress management program for your organization?
I recommend that you bring Stress Mastery: Mastering Stress for Peak Performance to your organization.