What are the main causes of work-related stress?

What are the main causes of work-related stress?

Work-related stress is

a harmful reaction that people have as a result of undue pressures and demands placed on them at work.”  

It has a major impact on mental health and is often beyond the control of the individual who is suffering.  

Work-related stress is unlikely to be due to one isolated factor as there are usually a variety of influences and pressures. 

The HSE has identified six main factors that contribute to work-related stress. 

  • One. Demands

What demands are placed on you? For example, do you have to manage large volumes of marking or attend regular after-school meetings? 

  • Two. Control

How much control do you have over your role? For example, do you have an input into your timetable, and can you control requests for data and how quickly you need to respond?  

  • Three. Support

How much support do you get? For example, are the senior leadership team supportive in managing classroom behaviour, and do you feel able to ask your colleagues if you need help? 

  • Four. Relationships

How good are the relationships that you have at school? For example, do people share ideas and information, and are unacceptable behaviours such as bullying dealt with? 

  • Five. Role

How do you see your role and responsibilities? For example, are expectations made clear to you, and do you have opportunities to discuss concerns or uncertainties?  

  • Six. Change

Are you involved with changes that take place? For example, are you given information about policies and do you get the opportunity to influence decisions?  

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