Is your job making you anxious?
Anxiety is native to us all, as it serves the survival function of alerting us to possible danger. However, when fear and worry become stuck “on” and don’t abate when the stressful situation has passed, it becomes a problem.
In Australia, anxiety disorders affect as many as one in four people at some stage in their lives, according to beyondblue.
The cost of these disorders to the health of individuals and the organisations they work for is significant.
Workers with anxiety disorders have more than 1.8 times the risk of being absent for at least two weeks than those without, and more than double the risk of having poor work performance, according to 2010 research published in the June edition of the Journal
of Affective Disorders.
Here are some common anxiety-provoking workplace conditions.