Worry and stress go hand in hand and if staff appear worried all the time, it can impact on workplace health and on the productivity of the business. As an employer, it’s worth gaining an improved understanding of the issue and leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have come up with this handy guide:
What is worry?
Feeling worried is a very common state that we all experience from time to time.
Worry can be regarded as a form of negative imagination, which borders on negative expectation. This can be a concern because of the tendency of expectations, especially those we have about ourselves, to become self-fulfilling prophecies (i.e. what we expect to happen then actually happens).
Being worried can also be a sustained form of fear caused by indecision. Such worries tend to disappear once we stop procrastinating and make the decision.
What do we worry about?
Some years ago a large psychological study conducted a study on worry. Many thousands of people were simply stopped in the street and asked, “What, if anything, are you worrying about at this moment?” The results were:
- 40% of people were worrying about things that subsequently never happened
- 30% of people were worrying about things that had already happened and which of course they could now do nothing about
- 12% of worries were about health, most of which were unfounded or needless worries
- 10% were worrying about trivial things, like whether or not they had enough money for the parking meter
- Only 8% of people were worrying about anything substantial, in other words, something worth worrying about! And half of these were actually outside the person’s control.
How to stop unnecessary worrying?
What you should know is that unnecessary worrying about trivial things, or things that are out of your control, creates unnecessary negative emotions and reduces people’s ability to cope with the specific issue itself and with work and personal life in general.
Under this heading would come, for example: things that have already happened, things that may never happen, trivial things, things that are unfounded.
Seek expert advice to relieve the pressures on workplace health
Leading occupational health providers, Medigold Health, can work alongside your staff to help them become more resilient to whatever pressures they may be facing.