Do You Suffer from Stress at Work? Causes and Symptoms of Occupational Stress

Reasons for stress at work

  • The nature of the work, which includes monotonous tasks and a lack of challenges and diversity. It is also worth mentioning here the cleanliness in the workplace. Dirt, noise and too high or low temperatures have a huge impact on one’s well-being.
  • Excessive workload, consisting of working under the pressure of time and performance, and too many responsibilities to be performed. Stress can also be triggered by situations where an employee has too few tasks, making them feel bored, demotivated and unnecessary.
  • Working hours, i.e. inflexible working hours and the need to follow strict rules.
  • Development, or more precisely its lack. Employees feel stressed when they cannot be promoted, or expand their knowledge and skills. Especially when they begin to feel that their competencies are too low in relation to the work performed or the expectations of their superiors. Then they often lose the sense of job security and stability in their professional life.
  • The role in the organization and the level of the position held. Poorly defined duties and an unclear role in the organization may be a stressful situation for an employee.
  • Interpersonal relations, i.e. all unpleasant situations resulting from interaction with other people in the company (irresponsible superiors, bad relations with colleagues, unpleasant atmosphere at work, mobbing).
  • Organizational culture and poor communication in the company, lack of a clear organizational structure and specific goals.
  • Work-life balance — if this harmony is disturbed, employees will quickly feel negative effects.

Symptoms caused by stress at work

When writing about stress and its symptoms, it is worth noting that stress itself does not always have a negative effect on us. In some cases, it can be mobilizing and even useful for workers. Most of the development activities involve the employee leaving their comfort zone, trying new tasks and testing their own abilities. Thanks to this, they can broaden their horizons and improve their results and efficiency. However, this will only happen if the employee decides to put themself in a slightly stressful situation and receives the necessary support from the company, superiors and colleagues.

  • tiredness,
  • migraines, headaches and backaches,
  • fainting,
  • problems with sleeping,
  • indigestion,
  • diarrhea or constipation,
  • skin problems,
  • losing weight,
  • decrease in immunity, more frequent infections and colds.

What to do if you are under stress at work?

If you feel any of the above symptoms, be sure to analyze what they might result from.



Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Aga Babicz

Aga Babicz


Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing