"Workplace stress" is the harmful physical and emotional responses that can happen when there is a conflict between job demands on the employee and the amount of control an employee has over meeting these demands. In general, the combination of high demands in a job and a low amount of control over the situation can lead to stress (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety).
Identifying and managing stress in the workplace is approached best using a Comprehensive Workplace Health model. Ensuring employees have the information and supports they need in the workplace to make healthy choices around physical activity, healthy eating, alcohol and tobacco use can assist employees in managing workplace stress.
More than a quarter of the working population (15-75 years old) in Simcoe Muskoka reports their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful (CCHS 2010).
Be Aware – of the benefits of reducing stress in the workplace
This section of the toolkit provides resources that will inform employers and employees about stress in the workplace. Resources include fact sheets, brochures, videos, and presentations. This information can be used for messages and quick tips to post on bulletin boards, to include in monthly e-bulletins, newsletters, or to print for a brochure rack.
Make it Easy – to reduce stress
This section of the toolkit provides resources to help provide a supportive environment for employees to cope with stress. Resources include activities and quizzes.
Be Involved – participate in stress reduction programs at work and in the community
This section of the toolkit provides information on how to develop and sustain a workplace stress management program. There are also links to community agencies that could assist employees to reduce their stress.
Speak Out – encourage policy that supports reducing work related stress
This section of the toolkit addresses how employers can support employees through the development of sustainable workplace policies. It also provides examples of how to support employees to achieve a work life balance that benefits the entire community.