Let's Talk About The Types Of Stress
Are you stressed?
Workplace stress can be caused by many events. For example, a person may feel pressured if the demands of the service (number of hours, all responsibility) are greater than the person's abilities.
Other sources of this type of stress include conflicts with colleagues/bosses, frequent changes, threats related to job security such as possible staff reductions. However, what one person may perceive as stressful may be another challenge. What makes the difference in perception depends on the service, on the psychological traits of the person, but also other factors: physical health or health in general.
General information about Stress
Stress has been defined in various ways over the years. Initially, it was considered as a pressure of the environment, later as tension inside a person. It is now considered to be an interaction between the situation and the individual; it is the psychological and physical condition that results from the insufficiency of the individual's resources to cooperate with the needs and pressures of a situation.
The more compact definition is that of the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), which says that stress is the adverse reaction of people, a reaction that occurs as a result of excessive pressure or other types of requirements/needs imposed on them.
However, stress can occur more quickly in some situations or more intensely in others.
Employees may experience stress when they are unable to cope with certain issues or situations. They should do what the employer asks them to do in terms of skills and knowledge, but they may not be successful.
For example, your employee may be stressed when he or she feels that he or she does not have the necessary skills or enough time to complete tasks that have tight deadlines. How can you help him as an employer? Giving him planning, training, and support to help him reduce the pressure he feels and thus reduces stress.
Most studies have been conducted on the American population; One study showed that personal stress at work is on the rise.
The result shows that people who are extremely stressed at work vary between 29% and 40%.
Both the causes and the effects of stress at work are diverse and numerous, but we have gathered them all in this article - so that you have the information in one place.
Types of stress
If we were to divide stress into several types, depending on how long the stress lasts, we will get the following:
1. Physical Stress
One of the most common types of stress is physical stress, which refers to the exhaustion of the body. In connection with work, physical stress can occur, for example, in the case of people who travel a lot. Changing time zones, but even delegations in the country can put pressure on the employee.
Most of the time, sleep disorders will occur, which will lead to an inability to work, a weakened immune system, and others.
Even the days when you work a lot standing up, running around, and shaking a lot, will cause you physical stress.
2. Emotional stress
Emotional stress occurs as a result of significant events in a person's life. Although most of these events happen in personal life (divorce, death, quarrels, or others), the effects will be felt at work. Even the feeling of overwhelm will result in emotional stress.
This type of stress will make the employee feel irritated, nervous, anxious, and often similar to depression.
3. Traumatic stress
The traumas of a person's life are certainly a great cause of stress. Similar to emotional stress, trauma most often occurs in personal life. But even during working hours, tragedies can happen - accidents at work, car accidents, or others.
4. Chronic and acute stress
Chronic stress already occurs in one's life for long periods, daily. The acute one appears for short periods or only due to certain factors (quarrels, meetings, unforeseen situations, etc.).