who or what creates stress and anxiety in your workplace?
We have a massive problem in our work environments.
There is much out there to tackle work related stress and anxiety; wellbeing services, strategies of prevention and support and therapy, which is so greatly needed, but the problem isn’t going away.
THE WORKPLACE for many are places of anxiety and fear, especially now with Covid-19 changing how we work. There is fear even in environments where wellbeing and positive work ethos is valued and practised.
There is still fear based environments, blame cultures, bullying; where people are frightened to go to work, caused by a person or a group of people who control the office, the department, or the company, and often nothing is done about it. This seriously affects morale, productivity and peoples lives.
There is also the fear-based environment which we create in our own minds; because of the thoughts that we project onto our work environment, onto people. All can be going well until something happens, then everything changes, we become vulnerable, we begin to worry and we spiral down. Many hard working, conscientious people go to work in fear, even when the environment is a positive one, because of 'old programming'; unconscious beliefs and behaviours they have carried throughout their lives.
When I use the word ‘fear’, a person often says, ‘I’m not fearful, work
just makes me anxious’, BUT when we investigate what has been happening; what they have been thinking, feeling, and how they have been behaving in their workplace, towards others, towards their line managers, regarding their workload, fear is there; fear of what others might think of them, fear of not belonging, not being liked, fear that they might get something wrong, might lose control, might get into serious trouble, might be found out for being a fraud, fear that they might be sacked,
And there is the fear of something happening again; a repetition of something so awful that happened in the past; in their life, a previous workplace, a previous relationship, at school, in their family. Such fears make a workplace feel dangerous. And now because of Covid-19 many people are terrified to go to work. Old fears merging with what is happening today.
And also there are the The people who fear being seen.
People who stay in mundane, unfulfilling jobs or roles, who are intelligent, have amazing ideas, have so much potential and much to give to the world, but don’t, again because of what they believe about
themselves based upon their history.
In all work environments there are psychological dynamics: behaviours which get played out in the workplace because of our inner fears, driving how we work, how we communicate with our peers, how we communicate and react to authority figures, affecting our work, affecting our work environments and seriously affecting productivity. This is what causes stress and anxiety in the workplace
Behind the way people behave, particularly in the workplace, and often behind the development and severity of stress and anxiety is our autobiographical history; what we experienced in the past. So, a question to ask yourself is, WHAT DO YOU TAKE TO WORK WITH YOU? This might sound like a strange question, but it is a serious one, which will be answered in this training.