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These are the top signs of workplace stress that managers should look out for

There are several signs when a worker is suffering from stress at work. But what are these symptoms and how can a manager tell if an employee is going through a difficult time?

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Recognising the signs of stress is a critical element of effective employee management, according to an article in hrnews.The latest annual report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that around 875,000 UK workers experienced stress, depression or anxiety at work last year.

Recognising and managing the signs can mitigate the negative impact on individuals. It can also boost morale at work.

Simon Walter, of health and safety consultancy Rhino Safety, says: "Work-related stress can stem from employees' interactions with managers, colleagues and the workplace as a whole. Early identification of these stressors is a big step in helping a colleague cope with the problem.\" Simon outlines seven symptoms to look out for that could indicate stress among workers:

Simon says there are seven symptoms to watch out for:

High emotional reactions

Sensitivity and sudden or extreme emotional reactions can indicate that someone is stressed. These reactions become more pronounced and less predictable under increased stress. Elevated stress levels can lead to conflicts within teams. Frequent arguments may be a sign of underlying stressors that need to be addressed immediately.

Higher turnover

Significant increases in turnover can indicate team dissatisfaction and stress. Creating an open and welcoming work environment is essential to keeping employees happy and reducing turnover.

More time off

Stress at work can exacerbate both physical and mental health problems, leading to more frequent and longer absences. Individuals who find it difficult to come to work due to an incompatible environment may choose to work remotely more often or take more time off work.

Change in work patterns

Behavioral changes, such as constant tardiness or constant overtime, can indicate that a worker is stressed. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is key. Therefore, a drastic change in their work schedule may indicate that they are unable to cope with something at work or outside of work. If this behaviour persists, it may be worth talking to the employee concerned.

Mood changes

Mood swings are an easily noticeable sign of stress. Workers who fluctuate between extremely calm and irritable states often fail to process the source of stress properly. This can affect interpersonal relationships and overall workplace dynamics.


Employees experiencing work-related stress may withdraw from work-related and social activities. If the employee does not enjoy social activities anyway, this point may not stand. If, however, there is a noticeable difference in their behaviour, then action should be taken.


Stress can manifest as a deterioration in both mental and physical well-being. Signs such as constant lethargy and reduced motivation can indicate stressors affecting job satisfaction and performance. This can also affect the worker physically. If the fatigue is not due to external factors, such as a difficult weekend, then the fact that an employee is visibly tired all the time may be a sign of stress. If this is a permanent condition for the employee, they may need support to manage their stress levels.


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