Excessive workload is generally when one individual has far too much work to handle on their own. An increased or excessive workload can cause symptoms of stress at work, particularly where there is a lack of extra help or support.
Identifying signs you may be overwhelmed with stress due to an excessive workload; if you find yourself in the below situations, it may be caused by an increased workload:
Poor Work-life Balance
Risk of Burn Out
Negative Impact on Health
Higher Levels of Absence
What is Stress at Work?
Stress at work, or work-related stress, is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other demands placed on them.’
In its manifestation, stress is not an illness – it is a natural human reaction, but if this reaction is prolonged over a long period of time it can lead to a significant impact on someone’s mental health.
Employers have a legal obligation to take measures to support both the physical and mental wellbeing of staff.
Stress at Work statistics
of adults in employment suffered work related stress in 2020
This is up 20% from 2018
Experience anxiety as a result of work related stress. Almost half experience loss of sleep and a third turn to comfort eating
'Office Politics' are the number one cause of work related stress in the UK.
I have been helped and supported every step of the way and I am incredibly grateful by advisors that have been kind and caring. They not only made me feel believed but actually shielded me from contact by my very aggressive ex-employer on several occasions, which really helped my recovery.
Your rights as an employee
You should be looked after
Employers have a duty of care, including a legal obligation to take practical measures to support both the physical and mental health and wellbeing of staff.
You have protection
It is unlawful for an employer to dismiss an employee just because they are either considering legal action or taking any legal actions against them.
It doesn't matter if you've moved on
It is not a requirement for someone making a claim to still work for the intended Defendant company.
You're not alone
You can claim for Stress at Work even if you're self employed or on contract work.
What you can do if you’re suffering from Stress at Work
You must prioritise your health.
Contact your GP, or one of our charity partners if you have concerns about your mental health.
Try to speak to someone in your workplace to avoid any problems escalating.