A man walks into … his manager’s office. His face is red, hands shaking and eyes nearly popping out of his head. He is mad about something! “This new directive is just nonsense!” He roars.
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, interpersonal communication, lack of sleep and stress, Healthe and Safety at Work Act 2015, emotional intelligence training, personal issues at work
Workplace bullying is destructive. Some people act in a 'bullying way' when they are understress. When teams have training in emotional intelligence and gain the skills to manage heightened emotions there are fewer problems with bullying.
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: Health and Safety Stress, Emotions at work, interpersonal communication, Healthe and Safety at Work Act 2015, emotional intelligence training, Health and Safety at Work Act, Workplace stress, Dealing with stress at work, customer service, Fight/flight response, Effects of stress, Workplace hazards, Stress at work, Hidden stressors, Angry customers
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 stress, Dealing with stress at work, EAP counselling for stress, Workplace hazards, Stress at work, Hidden stressors, Exercise for stress reduction