General Article Workplace stress

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What is stress?

The Health and Safety Executive defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them’.
There is a difference between stress and pressure. We can all experience pressure on a daily basis, and in fact we need it to motivate us and enable us to perform at our best. It is when we experience too much pressure, without the opportunity to recover, that we start to experience stress.
Everyone can feel stressed, when we feel as if everything becomes too much to handle, or when things get on top of us and we feel we are unable to cope with the demands placed on us, both at home and at work.
Stress can affect different people in different ways and is often a result of a combination of factors, both in our work life and our personal life.

Why is stress a workplace issue?

All employees within an organisation can be vulnerable to stress depending on the pressure they a

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