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Common Causes of Stress at Work


What is causing us to be stressed at work?


It’s important to know that workplace stress can be caused by a number of factors – from heavy workloads and over-promotion to bullying and blame culture. Some common causes of stress in the workplace include: Learn to recognise the common causes of stress at work so that you can take steps to reduce stress levels where possible. 


  • Excessively high workloads, with unrealistic deadlines making people feel rushed, under pressure and overwhelmed.


  • Insufficient workloads, making people feel that their skills are being underused.


  • A lack of control over work activities.


  • A lack of interpersonal support or poor working relationships leading to a sense of isolation.


  • People being asked to do a job for which they have insufficient experience or training.


  • Difficulty settling into a new promotion, both in terms of meeting the new role’s requirements and adapting to possible changes in relationships with colleagues.


  • Concerns about job security, lack of career opportunities, or level of pay.


  • Bullying or harassment.


  • A blame culture within your business where people are afraid to get things wrong or to admit to making mistakes.


  • Weak or ineffective management which leaves employees feeling they don’t have a sense of direction. Or over-management, which can leave employees feeling undervalued and affect their self-esteem.


  • Multiple reporting lines for employees, with each manager asking for their work to be prioritised.


  • Failure to keep employees informed about significant changes to the business, causing them uncertainty about their future.


  • A poor physical working environment, eg excessive heat, cold or noise, inadequate lighting, uncomfortable seating, malfunctioning equipment, etc.


  • Conflict in the workplace can have a negative effect on the day-to-day working of your business,  or result in a large scale strike or other employment dispute. It can also affect the general health and wellbeing of your employees.