A sense of control – and recognizing that our actions can make a positive difference – can make us empowered and engaged patients. Without that sense of control, we feel overwhelmed and anxious, demoralized and depressed. Our emotional state can influence our physical state.
That locus of control is important in all aspects of our lives – at home, at school and at work.
If you are an employer or supervisor, it is crucial that you keep your staff members informed of changes that will affect them personally and wherever possible, consult them and elicit their feedback. Engaged and empowered employees will not only be happier and less stressed; they will be more productive.
With corporate downsizing and layoffs, the demands on individual employees can be overwhelming. If workers are not given sufficient time, training and support to meet their assigned tasks, they are set up for failure, stress and burnout.
We have to be vigilant of the signs that workers – or we ourselves – are becoming significantly anxious or depressed. Productivity plummets, and employees become physically or psychiatrically ill. These are the usual reasons that employees will need to stop work and go on “stress leave.”
Coming up: Work stress – it’s recognition, management and prevention – and other important aspects of workplace health.