Work-related stress could likewise show as heart disease, back pain, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders or various minor sicknesses;
SOME SIDE EFFECTS OF WORKLOAD
- Home life effects- unmanageable workloads not only impacts employees in the office, but also at home as many will take unfinished projects to complete after working hours. The inability to put workload aside can negatively impact on relationships and some employees may feel they need to prioritize their workload first over family life. This can lead to increased stress and anxiety making it difficult for employees to maintain concentration and motivation which in turn can impact productivity.
- Health issues- workloads can in turn cause high levels of stress. When stressed, one’s normal routine can become of second importance in which their daily healthy activities and actions can be easily forgotten. For example, an employee who normally takes one hour gym session after close of work might decide that it is necessary to forgo this in order to meet a strict deadline. Or an employee who normally has time in the evening to prepare a healthy lunch for the next day, might grab a less healthy ready meal if their home life is overtaken by work. Lack of exercise, poor diet and high levels of stress can lead to high blood pressure, weight gain and generally an unhealthy lifestyle.
- Employee burnout- even the most efficient and hardworking employee has a limit to what they can achieve in a given period. With many people driven forward by the next promotion opportunity or a desire to please their manager, it can often be very difficult to decline the extra piece of work that gets dropped on their desk. However, late nights and pressure coming from every direction, can lead to some employees becoming mentally stressed which can affect their general mental wellbeing.
One's wellness should be their top priority. However, here are some measures an employee can put in place to manage their workloads in order for them not to affect their mental wellbeing.
- Prioritise your Work– An employee should sit down at the beginning of each workday and review all of their tasks they need to complete. Have them organized by level of importance. There will always be things that needs to be handled at the beginning of the day and some later.
Practising this can reduce your workloads and decrease your stress level which can have a positive change on productivity
- Seek help– An employee should always seek assistance whenever he/she feels that the workload is too much thus making the work more efficient and productive
- Take a Break- Research has shown that taking a break can be very helpful to you and your work. Such breaks include lunchtime and longer breaks which can have a positive effect on one’s mental wellbeing. Studies has shown that taking breaks can reduce stress and help to maintain your performance throughout the day (Hughes, 2014).
In general, workloads have a negative impact on employees’ mental wellbeing at the workplace causing stress and anxiety, related health issues and a decline in productivity.
Hughes, G. (2014). The wellbeing thesis.
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