Executive Stress & Burnout
Too often in today’s world, people suffer from work-related stress and the many adverse outcomes of putting too much into their work life. Alongside affecting the ability of the employees to function at their peak performance, it also affects the productivity of the business as a whole if the staff members are stressed and not coping.
Usually, stress comes about when a person’s workload is increased or the demands of their job are more than they can cope with. Still, sometimes longstanding negative life patterns also come into play, which can compound the situation for the individual and co-workers.
Working with senior executives and professionals for many years has shown me that effective strategies and evidence-based methods can be used successfully to help them overcome such issues. As a result, individuals can develop the necessary skills and become assertive communicators, overcome stress, achieve organisational effectiveness and maximise their wellbeing.
Causes of Work Stress
Working long hours, increased workload or tight deadlines can contribute to stress, as can changes within the company or to work duties. These causes are external; however, core beliefs are internal and can create or add to work-related stress.
‘Subjugation’ is one negative life pattern that can often cause issues for employees as they constantly feel like they don’t have a voice in the room. People who suffer from this often cannot speak up if asked to take on more work than they can handle. In addition, they may be unable to say ‘no’ if they are being pressured in some way that they are not happy about.
‘Unrelenting standards’ is another negative life pattern that can come into play in the workplace. For example, an employee may have a great desire to over-achieve to avoid being criticised and, as a result, are over-critical of themselves and possibly others.
Symptoms of Stress
It is essential to learn to recognise the signs of stress and burnout. People must know the signs of stress in themselves and their co-workers. Realising they are stressed may seem obvious for some people, but others can continue and ignore the signals when they only worsen.
Some common signs of physical stress are:
- Muscular tension
- Insomnia and sleep issues
- Heart palpitations
Some psychological symptoms of stress are:
If you, a co-worker or an employee, are showing signs of these, it’s essential to take action to minimise the side effects of chronic stress.
Martin Hood is a Clinical Psychologist with a proven track record in producing good outcomes for clients across a broad range of presenting problems, including stress and burnout, anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD management, grief and OCD. He has a special interest in working with executives, business owners and entrepreneurs.