So now that we know what are the symptoms of workplace stress, let’s look into its causes. If you haven’t read the previous article about the symptoms, click here to read it.
Workplace stress can very easily be noticed, but it is very difficult to understand the root cause behind it. Oftentimes, we confuse the real reason with some other crappy reason which has nothing to do with your work, for example if you’re unable to balance your work-life balance and you’ve had a breakup because of pressure at work, you might blame the bad breakup for your loss of efficiency at work, but the root cause of it was work pressure. So, it is very important to determine the cause, as mostly people neglect work-related causes because they think it’s a part of the work.
Here are some of the common causes, and if you are facing the symptoms discussed in the last post, you might relate to at least one of these:
- Fear of being laid off
The most common reason for stress is the fear of getting fired, or laid off your position. Surveys claim that 70-80% of workplace stress is caused by this fear. Although it compels us to perform better at work, too much of this fear can lead to stress and anxiety, and can ultimately hinder your performance at work.
- More overtime due to staff cutbacks
Sometimes because of cutbacks or layoffs, you might need to work overtime. Doing this for a prolonged period can cause stress. Working overtime with no extra perks can lead to dissatisfaction in work. Therefore, it is often advised to assertively say ‘no’ to the work you’ve not been assigned but still have to do.
- Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but with no increase in job satisfaction
Performance pressure is also a very big factor that can contribute to your stress level. There can be various reason for this pressure, like increase in customers’ demands; shortage of resources; or increase in workload because of previous performance. However, if it is not compensated properly, you might lose interest in your job.
- Increasing pressure to work at optimum levels
Managers often pressurize their teams to work at an optimum level and yield quick results. It might happen because they might have seen you work before with greater zeal and enthusiasm, or you might have had a better performance before, therefore they are now pressurizing you to match your previous performance. This constant pressure to meet their expectations is also a great cause of stress.
- Lack of control over how you do your work
Loss of control happens mainly because of disinterest in work. This mostly happens because with time most of us tend to lose interest if there’s monotony in work. Repetitious work usually results in haphazardly organised work, and therefore you tend to lose control over what you’re doing. You often won’t know what you’re assigned and even if you’d know, you won’t be interested in doing it. This can also lead to workplace stress.
No matter how stressed you are, recognizing the factors causing it can easily help you to get rid of those. The next article on how to deal with these causes will definitely help you in conquering work related anxiety. So stay tuned for the next article, and the one coming up later in which we’ll discuss the long term plans to avoid getting into stress to the maximum extent.