Psychosocial risks and stress at work

Coping with work stress through biofeedback

The term “job stress” is often used interchangeably, but the latter is what energizes us, both physically and mentally. The challenge is primarily about making the most of one’s abilities, whereas stress occurs when an employee recognizes that he is unable to support the employer’s request due to a lack of skills.

Two of the most pressing workplace issues are psychosocial risks and workplace stress. They have a significant impact on people’s health, the health of organizations, and the health of national economies.

When work demands are excessively high and their ability to adapt is limited, workers experience stress. Workers who are exposed to prolonged stress can develop serious physical health problems, such as cardiovascular or musculoskeletal disorders, in addition to mental health issues.

Workplace stress is an emotional and psychological reaction that occurs when an employee’s needs and capabilities do not match the job’s demands.

Despite his efforts, the desired outcome is not achieved, and the feeling of satisfaction has been replaced by a sense of stress. It is the source of failure, damage, and a variety of diseases, in a nutshell.

Biofeedback allows people to control their stress response by allowing them to recognize it when it occurs, using relaxation techniques like deep breathing, visualizations, and meditation to reduce physiological arousal. The increased relaxation and absence of a chronically triggered fight-or-flight response are two of biofeedback’s main benefits. Chronic stress can cause a wide range of negative health symptoms, so it can have a significant impact on how people feel and how their bodies function.

 

Stress is a common factor at work, according to nearly half of European workers, and it accounts for nearly half of all lost working days. Stress, like other factors that influence mental health, is frequently misunderstood or stigmatized. Psychosocial risks and stress, on the other hand, can be managed to the same extent as any other occupational health and safety risk when viewed at the organizational level rather than as an individual problem.

Psychosocial risks are caused by work organization, and management, as well as an inappropriate social context at work, and can result in negative psychological, physical, or social consequences such as work-related stress, exhaustion, or depression. 

The following are some of the working conditions that can lead to psychosocial problems:

Keep in mind that excessive workload is one of the working conditions that cause psychosocial risks and the most common one.

Involvement in decision-making that affects the worker and influences how the work is done; conflicting requirements and a lack of clarity on the worker’s role; lack of involvement in decision-making that affects the worker and influences how the work is done; Organizational changes that have been poorly managed, as well as job insecurity; ineffective communication, lack of management or coworker support; these being just a few examples

When considering workplace demands, it’s important to distinguish between psychosocial risks, such as excessive workload, and conditions in which the working environment, while stimulating and sometimes challenging, is favorable, with workers well prepared and motivated to perform their work tasks to the best of their abilities. Workers’ performance and personal development, as well as their mental and physical well-being, benefit from a positive psychosocial environment.

Poor overall economic performance, increased absenteeism, the presence of workers at work when they are sick or unable to perform their work duties effectively, and increased injuries and accidents are all negative effects at the organizational level. Workplace stress is also contributing to an increase in early retirement rates. Absences from work tend to be longer than those caused by other factors. The costs incurred by businesses and society as a result of workplace stress are estimated to be in the billions of euros on a national level.

Reorganization or job insecurity, extended working hours or too much workload, as well as harassment and violence at work, are all common sources of workplace stress.

Preventive, comprehensive, and systematic approaches to psychosocial risk management are thought to be the most effective. 

We can all benefit from learning how to deal with fear and anxiety on the job. Several cognitive behavioral therapy skills, such as the following, may be beneficial:

The physiological effects of the fight-or-flight response can be mitigated by relaxation. Progressive muscle relaxation, for example, aids in the reduction of anxiety-related muscle tension. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed to practice this skill. Working your way up from your legs, tense and relax each major muscle group. This skill, along with a variety of other relaxation techniques, can aid in the reduction of anxiety symptoms.

Another active coping strategy is problem-solving, which entails teaching people how to take specific steps when confronted with a roadblock or challenge. Defining the problem, ranking the solutions, developing an action plan, and testing the chosen solution are all steps in this process.

European surveys look at how psychosocial risks are perceived and managed in European companies, identifying the major drivers, roadblocks, and support requirements. Psychosocial risks, according to the survey, are more complex and difficult to manage than “traditional” occupational health and safety risks. To make it easier to deal with stress, violence, and harassment in the workplace, more awareness, and practical and simple tools are needed. But Quantum Medical is here to provide that and give you an answer to any problem you may have. 

Our biofeedback devices will assist you in concentrating and relaxing your body. As you may be aware, biofeedback devices have improved over time, with NUCLEUS being one of them. NUCLEUS will include new features that will assist you in detecting and evaluating any medical issue you may have. These will assist you in understanding and preparing your body in a way that no other technology can.