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In a world where the working population spends a significant portion of their lives at the workplace, it's not surprising that work-related stressors can have a profound impact on mental and physical health. One area of increasing concern involves psychosocial stressors in the workplace.
But what is psychosocial stress? To understand this term, it's essential to delve into what psychosocial stressors are, some examples, and the risks associated with them.
The term "psychosocial" is a combination of 'psychological' (mind and emotions) and 'social' (relationships and environment). Therefore, psychosocial stressors encompass situations or events that challenge or disrupt an individual's psychological and social well-being. In the context of the workplace, these stressors can arise from various factors, including the nature of the work, the work environment, organisational culture, and interpersonal relationships.
Several examples of psychosocial stressors can pervade the workplace environment, resulting in a myriad of challenges for employees. These include:
It's important to be cognisant of the psychosocial risks associated with these stressors. Unmanaged psychosocial stress can result in numerous detrimental effects, ranging from physical health issues like cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal problems, and compromised immune system, to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and burnout. It's also worth noting that high levels of psychosocial stress can impact workplace productivity and efficiency, leading to high employee turnover and low job satisfaction.
Mitigating the risks associated with psychosocial stressors requires concerted effort from both organisations and individuals.
Mitigating the risks associated with poor psychosocial health requires comprehensive strategies that engage both the employer and employee in fostering a supportive, healthy work environment. By recognising and addressing these issues, we can create a work environment that promotes not only productivity and efficiency, but also the holistic well-being of every employee.
We influence systemic change and manage workplace wellness by supporting individual, team and organisational wellbeing. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has access to the tools, resources and services they need to achieve complete wellbeing.
Whether you’re an individual struggling with poor psychosocial health or you represent an organisation looking to foster better health and wellbeing in your workplace, please don’t hesitate to speak with one of our friendly Wellness Consultants today.