How to speak to a manager about stress


Did you know…

914,000 workers suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety.

17 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2021/2022.

Stress, depression or anxiety is more prevalent in public service industries, such as education, health and social care, public administration and defence.

The main work factors that cause work-related stress, depression or anxiety are workload pressures, including tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support.

*HSE work-related ill-health and injury statistics for 2021/22

Our mental health experts answer your top questions on stress

Q: Is stress a mental health condition?

Stress isn’t a diagnosable mental health condition but if left unmanaged, it can take a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing. Like a domino effect, it can lead to or exacerbate other conditions.

Q: Why do men sometimes find it more challenging to talk about stress?

Men often face unique challenges when it comes to managing stress within the workplace. Societal expectations and the stigma surrounding vulnerability can lead men to find it challenging to express their emotional struggles openly.

Q: How does talking help to reduce stress?

Being honest and open about your stressors is a critical step in mental wellbeing. Our mental health experts witness the transformative power of communication firsthand, every day. Navigating workplace stress, engaging in open conversations with colleagues, friends and family can help to alleviate the burden you may be carrying.

How best to approach a conversation with your manager about stress

International Stress Awareness Week runs from 30 October – 3 November

We know how beneficial it can be to share your stressors with someone else, but that doesn’t stop it from being nerve wracking and anxiety-inducing. With that in mind, we’ve shared four tips on how best to approach the conversation and identify solutions.

1. Approach the conversation with clarity and a solution-oriented mindset. Ahead of the meeting, write down a list of the points you’d like to discuss

2. Begin by scheduling a private meeting with your manager, ensuring a conducive environment for dialogue

3. Share your concerns articulately, focusing on specific stressors and their impact on your wellbeing and productivity

4. Collaboratively, identify potential solutions that could help manage your stress levels.

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