Work Anxiety Psychologists - Asssessment of Workplace Anxiety by Psychologists In London and Throughout the UK
Anxiety is a mental illness and can also be a disability Under the Equality Act 2010. Anxiety can cause psychological problems at work. As psychologists, we work with organisations and individuals to identify coping mechanisms and strategies for managing stress and anxiety at work.
Deadlines and dealing with difficult people are reported to be the biggest causes of work-related anxiety. Workplace grievance and disciplinary procedures can often result in increased levels of workplace anxiety. Perfectionism and stress can also lead to clinically significant levels of anxiety. Additionally, ineffective communication contributes to anxiety at work. The Health and Safety Executive reported over 300,000 cases of work-related stress in 2017.
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“Work anxiety, phobias, or hypochondriac anxieties are linked to conditions at work, interacting with peers and managers, and fears of inadequacy or judgement.”
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Symptoms and Signs of Workplace Anxiety
The following are signs of work anxiety:
Increased irritability and angry outbursts at work.
You find that you no longer enjoy your job.
Negative emotional reactions at work.
You doubt your competence and ability at work.
Deterioration in memory.
You feel depressed.
You feel dissatisfied and disappointed with yourself even if you have not made any errors.
Loss of motivation.
Eating too much or not eating enough.
You find it difficult to sleep.
You find it hard to concentrate.
Increase levels of absence from work.
Loss of interest in sex.
You suffer from an increase in headaches and muscle tension.
Crying for small things and becoming more emotional than usual.
You withdraw socially from others.
You might turn to alcohol or drugs to cope.
What is Work Anxiety?
“Workplace anxiety is a learnt response to stress and can be triggered by several factors, with some cases more severe and debilitating than others. While most people experience some levels of stress in the workplace, workplace anxiety differs in that it goes beyond the body’s natural response to fear.It’s important to distinguish between healthy, productive levels of stress and that of anxiety, which can impinge on an individual’s mental focus, satisfaction, motivation, and ability to carry out their work duties.”
Common Work Anxieties
Typical workplace anxieties include:
Anxiety related to speaking in public.
Stress associated with working in groups.
Anxiety linked to fear of not meeting deadlines.
Distress caused by the fear that one’s work will not meet performance standards.
Worry about being judged.
Fear of humiliation.
Anxiety associated with interacting with one’s managers.
Avoidance of committing to new tasks.
Anxiety associated with trying for a promotion.
How to Cope with Anxiety ― Tips for Managing Work Anxiety
The following are strategies for managing stress and anxiety at work:
Understand the things that trigger your anxiety at work, then create a plan to deal with your triggers.
Build support networks at work.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and clarification.
Agree on realistic deadlines with your manager.
Strive for sensitive communication which seeks to calm the situation.
Wait until both parties have cooled down. It is usually challenging to listen to others or have others listen to you when both parties are anxious or angry.
Try to rebuild an atmosphere of positive listening and communication with the person you have had a disagreement with.
Reduce or eliminate your intake of caffeine.
Where possible, communicate face-to-face rather than by email.
Use resources such as the free online resources on Advanced Assessments’ website.
Use your organisation’s Employee Assistance Programme, your GP, NHS therapy and private therapy.
Try not to bring your work home and switch off from work when you’re at home.
Take regular breaks at work.
Use relaxation techniques that help manage your anxiety at work, such as breathing or going for a brief walk.
Put well-being on your daily to-do list.
Use daily affirmations.
Practise work-life balance.
Keep fit and exercise at least three times a week.
Cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness.
Develop a regular sleeping pattern.
Have a healthy balanced diet.
Prioritise; and breakdown larger tasks into small achievable goals.
Find a less anxiety-provoking job.
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Anxiety at Work Should I Quit?
Before you decide to quit work because of anxiety, it is helpful to put in place coping strategies to help you manage stress at work and overcome anxiety at work. Ultimately, we would always advise that the most important thing should be your health and your family. Money can be replaced but your health and your family cannot!
Anxiety at Work Your Rights
Remember, if your anxiety is significant enough to be a disability, your employer will be required to make reasonable adjustments for you at work under the Equality Act 2010. Our psychologists at Advanced Assessments Ltd can carry out assessments to determine whether your anxiety is significant and substantial enough to be a disability.
Notify your employer if your anxiety is a disability so that you will be legally protected by the Equality Act 2010.
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