This month we had a look at the domino effect of Anxiety and Stress in the workplace. Here’s what our Corporate Psychologist had to say.

In the past few years stress and anxiety, specifically within the workplace has gained a lot of attention and understandably so. Considering for example the pandemic, drastic shifts within the workforce and the pressure to meet business related demands it becomes apparent why employees and higher-level management are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, burnout, and a depressed mood.

The increase in the experience of stress and anxiety greatly affects individuals, teams, organizations, and management. Research indicates that stress affects our ability to solve problems, make decisions, setting and meeting deadlines, participating in meetings, and maintaining professional relationships.

You can only imagine how this may reinforce the nature of stress and anxiety experienced by individuals within the workplace. Furthermore, it creates extreme difficulty in meeting objectives, being creative and finding solutions to everyday difficulties. If we follow this proverbial domino effect that stress and anxiety causes, it in essence starts to affect our identity and self-esteem, enjoyment, motivation, and relationships at home, to only name a few.

This is where psychological training can play a fundamental role within your business and the individual’s lives around you. Psychological training provides a goal oriented method through which our employees can engage within to obtain theoretical and practical knowledge on how to not only identify stress and anxiety but also to manage it.

Strategies can vary when it comes to managing such symptoms of stress and anxiety. Some strategies are simple and easy to implement, whilst others may be more elaborate – requiring conscious effort and practice. The fact however remains that both are do-able and can lead to a significant reduction in symptoms and the effect thereof. Some areas of focus may include emotional intelligence, psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral coaching, mindfulness, and self-regulation. These are only a small number of areas on which one can focus in order to increase mental wellbeing and performance.

Mental Health in the workplace is no longer a facet of performance that can be overlooked. It is no longer an aspect that we can merely address on a surface level. Mental wellbeing extends beyond ensuring the prosperity of our business. Mental wellbeing is and must be an aspect that we invest in, in order to invest in the wellbeing of our people, society, economy and business. Mental health must become of paramount importance in order to stop the domino effect from occurring.

Receive instant updates and helpful resources by subscribing to our newsletter: