This year National Stress Awareness Day takes place on Wednesday 1 November to raise awareness of the effects and stigma of stress in the workplace.
In a recent social media poll conducted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) , , 1870 people responded to the poll, of those 84% disclosed that their work had caused them stress, etc.
What’s more, when asked if they felt comfortable discussing their stress at work, 54% admitted they did not. These findings bring to light the pervasive issue of workplace stress and the reluctance of many to address it openly.
Keep reading as we explore the concept of stress, its impact on individuals and teams and provide practical advice on how to manage and mitigate its effects.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  defines stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them.” Stress is categorised as a “psychosocial hazard,” and it poses a serious health and safety problem for organisations. The HSE emphasises that organisations have a responsibility to take action where reasonably practicable.
While some may argue that a moderate level of stress can be motivating, excessive demands and pressures can be detrimental to one’s wellbeing. Stress, in itself, is not a disease, but prolonged exposure to high stress levels can lead to mental and physical health issues, often linked to work overload and broader mental health concerns in the workplace.