What exactly is stress?
Stress at the workplace occurs when a person feels that they cannot cope with their tasks. Or if they cannot cope with the situation at work, for example in the event of conflicts, bullying, distrust or lack of recognition. A poor work-life balance also poses a risk, for example due to constant availability via the Internet and e-mail.
We feel stress when work and reward are imbalanced.
When stress becomes permanent
Good stress increases motivation, attention and performance.
- Making work the main purpose in your life
- A sense of being indispensable and irreplaceable at work
- Hyperactivity and restlessness, going to work despite being ill
- Irritation, often quick-tempered, aggressiveness
- Social withdrawal, breaking into tears about every little thing, nail-biting
- Eating while standing, constantly late
- Stomach problems, racing heart, difficulty breathing, sleeping disorders
- Back pain, tinnitus, dizziness
- Despair and depression, negative thinking, low self-esteem
- A sense of helplessness, brooding, loss for words, impaired concentration, decision-making difficulties, forgetfulness
- Panic attacks, insecurity, loneliness, anger, resignation, continuous sadness, over-sensitivity, lack of drive or motivation
What can the employer do?
If the health of an employee deteriorates due to ongoing stress or their behavior changes noticeably, the employer should seek professional help from a doctor, psychologist or coach before the situation gets out of hand for the person concerned.
Burnouts can be mitigated or prevented with timely and correct help.
Incidentally: Zurich also helps its customers with the prevention and early detection of burnout cases – in the sense of a long-term partnership between the company and the insurance company.
Draw up a weekly schedule that includes professional, social and private time slots. In your professional life, separate the unimportant from the important and work in a focused way. This creates peace and energy. At the same time, you should schedule time for relaxing activities. Some examples are:
- Physical activity, for example sports, hiking, walking, cycling, yoga
- Wellness, for example massages, sauna, a hot bath
- Relaxation techniques, for example progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training, meditation
- Leisure activities and hobbies, for example activities with friends or family, gardening, reading
- Movement and recreation in nature, for example on the Zurich vitaparcours fitness trail