There are many moments when you can upset people in the workplace. When someone is hurt or upset they have an emotional reaction. They might pull away from you or they might attack you in some way, even when you didn’t intend to hurt them.
John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wingers that New Zealand and world rugby had ever seen. A prominent and revered figure at the dawn of the professional age of rugby, he seemed to live a charmed life. But he did have personal problems at work.
Topics: Health and Safety Stress, Emotions at work, emotional intelligence training, interpersonal communication, personal issues at work, lack of sleep and stress, Healthe and Safety at Work Act 2015
On Monday 1st September 2014 an extremely distressed client walked into the Work and Income office in Ashburton, New Zealand, and shot two of the front line workers.
All the staff at that office were working under stress and the client was even more stressed. None of them had the skills to manage his anger over time until he finally cracked and the results were tragic. While the harm done in this situation was clearly visible and extreme, there are many workplaces where the damage from stress is not so obvious, but can be nearly as destructive.
Topics: Dealing with stress at work, Emotions at work, Health and Safety Stress, Healthe and Safety at Work Act 2015, Hidden stressors, Stress at work, Workplace hazards, Workplace stress, customer service, Angry customers, Fight/flight response, Effects of stress, Health and Safety at Work Act, emotional intelligence training, interpersonal communication
Health and safety - law and mental stress.
Laws tell us that we must keep workers safe and healthy at work, this includes avoiding mental stress. Managers can be proactive in reducing workplace stress through a well organised workplace, and by training themselves and their teams to communicate well when emotions are raised.
Topics: Health and Safety Stress, Emotions at work, emotional intelligence training, Health and Safety at Work Act, Workplace hazards, Stress at work, Workplace stress, Dealing with stress at work, Hidden stressors, EAP counselling for stress, Exercise for stress reduction