Managing Stress in The City: The Office Wellbeing Test

alg_stressed_business-woman-300x209Have you noticed that a health survival guide to corporate downsizing, leaner working and organisation redundancies doesn’t seem to exist for individuals? Not too many sources provide you with practical tips for sustaining your health and wellbeing especially in these straightened times of tightened resources and limited support.

As wellbeing centred leadership and management trainer since 2009 I would surmise that the key task I’m asked to help with is around positive relationship training. I’ve seen many organisation initiatives around employee wellbeing. There are various techniques that managers decide on to enhance wellbeing in their workplaces. Methods range from what I would call the fluffy or cosmetic activities to more intricately systemic interventions on organisation behaviour which provide seriously powerful results. So since I see there is a gap in individual understandings, this is where I start listing for you some of the situations believed to cause people to feel stress in their workplaces. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide us with six of the key reasons why individuals will experience stress at work. You can start giving your workplace a stress test with this quick quiz.

The Stress Test
  1. Do you feel that your organisation doesn’t tell you about changes that are likely to effect you?
  2. Do you believe that you don’t fully understand your role or responsibilities?
  3. Are you subject to unacceptable behaviours such as bullying unkind words or behaviours?
  4. Is there are a lack of support by your colleagues or managers?
  5. Do you seldom have a say about the way that you do your work?
  6. Do you often feel unable to cope with the demands of your job?

If you answered yes to most of these six broad areas then be assured that many personal stressors posed by your organisation can be managed much better with the help of wellbeing informed coaching. But I’d urge you to take a fuller test to learn more about the specific issues leading to these questions. To explore the fuller stress survey, please follow this link and complete a 40 item questionnaire.

In my later blog posts I shall take you through the physical signs of stress.

Glenis WadeGlenis Wade puts employee wellbeing in management and leadership development. She is a university business school lecturer, hands on educator practical trainer and executive coach. Read more about her work here

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