Anxiety disorder is one of the most common forms of mental problems that affect a significant portion of the UK population. Anxiety is normal as it helps a person decide to either “fly” or “flight”. However, when it becomes excessive that it is already affecting one’s life, it becomes a debilitating disorder.
Anxiety in the workplace
Maybe you have felt lots of butterflies in your stomach when you first conducted a presentation in the office. Or you got so mad at yourself because your boss didn’t appreciate your work. Maybe you have experienced feeling bored and mentally drained in the same stuff you have been doing for many years now. If that’s the case, it is most likely that you are always anxious. The workplace is often considered the most stressful places. It is estimated that one in 9 employees suffer from anxiety disorder at some point in their life. These people often complain of problems on concentrating, irritability, extreme fatigue, and other conditions that severely affect their productivity.
A study in New Zealand found that one in 7 women and one in 10 men who are in high-pressure jobs reported clinical levels of anxiety. It involved 900 people who had undergone regular psychological testing since they were kids. For over 30 years, the researchers looked at the risk of anxiety levels and found that the workplace stress is a major contributory factor.
What is with the workplace that often overwhelms people and drives them to anxiety disorders? While more research is still being conducted to know the specific reasons, experts believe that employees tend to be stressed due to the following:
· Long, demanding hours spent at work
· High loads of tasks
· Lack of clear direction on how the tasks must be done
· Low rewards – money, career opportunities, etc
· Poor sense of autonomy and authority
· Lack of freedom to make their own decisions
· Perception on fairness
When it comes to fairness, employees whose bosses are transparent about their decisions are more likely to feel secure and less anxious. They also expect that the company they are working for, its staff and managers will treat them with respect, honesty and dignity. But the moment these values are ignored, employees tend to become dissatisfied with their jobs. Stress comes next.
When is the best time to quit your job?
Many people are often stuck in the job they hate and find themselves desperate because they could not just withdraw from it. But sometimes, the best way to confront the situation and prevent distress is to quit. If you feel like quitting your job but unsure of whether it is the best decision, here are some things to consider:
· Toxic workplace – even if the pay is good, there is no reason to stay in a toxic work environment where harassment and other forms of abuse are common.
· No room for improvement – a good career is one that lets you become a better person, the job that opens up opportunities for growth and success. Organisations that do not allow their employees to learn new skills and get promoted do not deserve your time and dedication.
· Too complacent – if the only reason why you stay in your job is because you are already used to it, take time to think about venturing on a new career. Securing a job is not all about earning money. You should also consider your wellbeing, happiness and satisfaction.
No risk, no gain
In this highly competitive market, quitting a job and searching for another one could be a one long roller coaster ride. But as long as you believe in your capabilities and you do your best, you can always find another job. Who knows? It could be the job you’ve been dreaming all this time.