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(2016, August 18). Managers a leading cause of workplace stress. Retrievedfromhttp://hrmagazine.co.uk/article-details/managers-a-leading-cause-of-workplace-stress)References Thiswork-related stress can easily be resolved by proper action plans and attentionfrom the management. In doing so, mismanagement is avoidable and a moreproductive organization produces effective results.3.AdditionalTemporary Staff – it is inefficient to request for additional manpower whenthere is a poor resource (E.
g. workstation, laptop etc). Moreover, there is nojob scope assigned to this additional staff within the department. It isadvisable to allocate the staff to their appropriate position and departmentbased on their skills. To run a department with efficient operation, it isimportant to focus on manpower utilization effectively. Human Resource Planningconsists of placing the right number and the right kind of people at the rightplace and time. By doing so they are suited for the organization and can worktowards the goals and achieving the target setting together (Manpower Planning)2.PoorResources to support permanent staff – This is important to support employeewith basic needs in a working environment, example, work table and desktopcomputer.
It is very demoralizing to “fight fire everyday”, meaning, huntingfor a working table with a computer to do the daily task. With such poor arrangement, the employeesbecome less motivated, less engaging and less committed. It is important toequip the employee with the right tools to ensure productive and efficientperformance. It is important tocommunicate effectively to solve the problem to create a positive andproductive environment for employees. A good employee’s workplace environmentcreates motivation and happiness to the work they do. Applying Maslow’sHierarchy of Needs Theory – According to Abraham Maslow, those basic needs atthe bottom of the pyramid, such as food and shelter, must be met first, once itis accomplished, employees seek to feel safe, such as job security and sense ofaccomplishment. In view of these positive outcomes, employees can move higherup the triangle.1.
ManagementWorking Style – A leader or Superior must able to communicate the requirementof a job scope or task clearly, precisely and effectively. By giving cleardirections, it minimizes repeated work and a lot of time-saving can beachieved. As a leader or Superior, the Knowledge of work plays an importantrole.
Knowing the nature of work can win the trust and confidence of hissubordinates. The leader or Superior’s important factor is confidence, this canbe achieved through expressing the work efforts to the subordinates. Byexplaining it clearly the role and guidelines, the goals can be achievedeffectively. Giving a proper guidance to perform the work effectively andefficiently, the subordinate’s confidence and trust enable them to perform totheir best. These qualities of a leader or superior increase the value to theorganization. Conclusion Despitepoor resources at the workplace, the superior took a temporary staff with us,who was with another department for three months. This additional staff causedadditional stress to my workload, especially when I have no workstation formyself.
Moreover, my superior put mefully in charge of this staff on top of my current responsibility. Adding to myfear, this new staff have medical conditions and was required to be on regularepilepsy medications. According to this new staff, these medications causedsleepiness and short memory issues.
As such, I had to coach and supervise him closelyto ensure he does not make any mistakes. This monitoring task was reallychallenging which was taking away the focus on my work and otheractivities. Several times, I hadhighlighted to my superior to save on resources, by attaching this staff toanother department who required more staff then we do, as we do not havesufficient resources to support him. However, I was sternly advised by mysuperior to allocate tasks for him that do not require any computer relatedactivities.
I may have assigned manual task but again there is no working tablefor this staff. I have decided not to highlight anymore and work in silence, inanother word, “suffer in silence”. 3.
Stress at work – Additional Temporary Staff Everyday is a challenge to be in workplace, especially hunting for a working tablewith a desktop computer. In view of the limited resources, I must look forsomeone who is on leave or is on field work, to be able to use their desktopcomputer to work on my reports and charts in preparation for the psychologicalsurveys. Mostly I can use the computer for few hours or half a day, as thestaff would return to the office after their field work. I will be privilegedto use the computer for days if only the staff from another department on longleave. When using another staff’s desktop computer or working table, I work withfear as many thoughts would run in my mind. The thought of not completing myrequired tasks before the staff return to use their computers put additionalpressure on work. Every time I use another staff’s working table I must ensurethat I did not mess or moved any of their things especially their documents.
All these ensuring caused so much fear within myself. Fear can change peopleinto extreme versions of themselves and these extremes are not helpful as we loseperspective and the ability to flex and adapt. When we are relaxed we havechoices but when we are frightened we seem to have none. (Welford.C,2013). Therefore, an employee who fears for his orher job can’t focus on high-performance goals. For Nearly 17 months, charts and reports wereproduced without proper resources. There was no working table and desktopcomputer for myself.
As the workload increased, the management posted an additionalhealth psychologist to our office. The management was supposed to make allnecessary arrangement and preparations, eg. working table, desktop computer& etc. to cater for the staffs in the department. The superior of therespective department was supposed to write in for all these pre-arrangements.
In this case, the superior failed to so. As such the finance department did notallocate any additional fund to support all these requirements. With thisfeedback from the Finance Department, the superior instructed to give up myplace to the new colleague as she is holding a management post. Despite thepoor arrangement and depleted resources, the superior agreed to take in newprojects continuously. In such a situation, agreeing to work on too manyassignments and pitching for new projects leaves a person stretched andstressed. (Knight.
R, 2015)2.Stress at work – Poor Resources to support permanent staff Mysuperior’s poor communication in terms of assigning tasks, not giving properdirection and requirement must be highlighted as poor management. Many times, Imust ask repeatedly for the required information for the preparation of thepsychology report and charts to avoid repeated amendment and changes. However,every time the psychological reports and charts are send to him, he wouldinstruct us to amend it multiple times even though the initial information wasgiven by him. At times he may not be sure of what exactly he wants for theentire report that was generated. Many times, he would have to check with othercolleagues from other departments and finalize the required style to beprepared. This entire process of confirming the reporting requirement caused somuch time consumption. This made me feel that I did an unproductive job fordays till the final one is confirmed.
1Stress at work – Management WorkingStyleIam working in the well-known organization as a psychological assessor for morethan two decades and am encountering various stress at workplace daily. Due tothis, my mood responses more negatively than positively when undergoingfrustration. When continuing to perform my normal work routine, the stresslevel is developing and affecting psychologically. These effects have impactedmy health and I am undergoing tension headaches and developing mouth ulcersregularly. At times, I feel exhausted whenever I am unable to meet deadlinesand expectations.
Due to these difficulties, I am unable to prioritize worktasks and failing to meet my goals setting is frustrating. When I am not facingwork stress, I have better control over the workload and can make gooddecisions and to think innovatively. PresentSituation at WorkplaceAccordingto WHO (World Health Organization), the work stress occurs in a wide range ofcircumstances and it turns out to be worst when employees feel they have littlesupport from supervisors. This can cause a negative impact on health andperformance. Nearly seven in 10 (69%) of employees say the behavior of managersin their organization has increased stress. (Frith. B, 2016)Theseexperiences greatly impact the health, performance, and behavior of a person.Stress is the person’s reaction to a situation, not the situation itself.
Thereare many situations in organizational life that can be stressful. Work stressis caused by demands and pressure from both Superiors and subordinates alike.Unclear work, conflicting roles, and boundaries in thought process can causestress.
(Michie. S, 2002)Humansare facing many new challenges in a variety of fields. One of the majorchallenges is Work Related Stress. Stress is defined as a state of tension towardsthe body and its reaction to physical, mental and emotional stresses. (TheEffects of Stress on Your Body).