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REVEALED: UK's most stressed workers

REVEALED: UK's most stressed workers

With the ever-thinning lines between our personal and professional lives, it can be harder and harder to switch off and leave work where it should be – at the desk.

We all know that this doesn’t always happen but which workers are more prone to overwork and the stress this can cause?

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  • Ann McCracken
    Ann McCracken
    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 4:58pm GMT
    No such thing as stress? The HSE define 'stress' as an adverse reaction a person has to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed upon them" and the HSE have a legal status in this arena where 'any industrial psychologist' has not.

    This issue around the definition of stress arises precisely because psychologists call the 'flight or flight reaction' the stress response. I totally agree that what is pressure for one person is not necessarily the same for another but to call perceived pressure a 'supposed stressor' shows such disrespect for the psychological feelings and physiological outcomes experienced by so many people.
    As a psychotherapist, trainer and consultant for over 20 years, I find it is vital to acknowledge an employees's symptoms and then begin to discover how they can recover control of their life and only then build personal strategies to achieve resilience. Everyone is different, with varied life experiences and one solution does not fit all
  • Crispin Garden-Webst
    Crispin Garden-Webst
    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:47am GMT
    The inconvenient truth with this is that any Industrial Psychologist will tell you there is no such thing as stress. There is only a stress response. We experience a stress response when we percieve a demand will exceed our capacity to meet that demand and (here is the punchline) where we percieve the consequences as important. Stress responses are internally driven; what is stressful for me is not for another. External events, people and demands are not in and of themselves stressful; they are just demands. Whether they generate a stress response is determined by how well we are prepared to meet that demand and what happens if we dont. From a leadership and development perspective, the issue is not about managing external supposed 'stressors' but developing resilience in ourselves and our staff.

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