Managing stress at work

It is not possible to be in control of all the causes of stress in your life, but developing self-awareness and coping skills, it is possible to learn to manage pressure more effectively and reduce the risk of harmful stress. However, the focus onthese pages is primarily about work-related stress. There is also some useful information and resources for managers and employees.

Work-related stress is caused by the reaction employees have to excessive pressure or other types of demands which exceeds the person’s ability to cope. It is well recognised that excessive or sustained wok pressure can lead to stress. If people feel under too much stress and for too long, mental and physical illness may develop. In the workplace:

  • Stress is likely to impact on work performance and productivity and may lead to increased absenteeism, staff turnover and accident rates.
  • It is generally accepted that the longer a member of staff is absent from work with stress, the harder it is for them to return. Absence of team members will increase pressure on other staff, making it harder for the team to meet its objectives or to maintain the student experience.
  • The University also has to bear the costs of long-term sickness absences, ill-health retirement, the replacement and retraining of staff, and possible litigation. Stress is recognised as a health and safety issue. Failure to manage work-related stress effectively could result in enforcement action which has the potential to impact negatively on the University's reputation.
  • Oxford Brookes is therefore committed to achieving a positive and supportive working environment which maintains and promotes the health and well-being of its employees and enhances the staff experience.

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