Workplace stress can be a serious issue—even without a pandemic.
Now, COVID-19 presents additional and unique mental health stressors, particularly for health-care and frontline workers.
But it’s also likely to affect you, either personally or indirectly, no matter your occupation. Disregarding your or a coworker’s stress is an option, but it’s probably not a good one.
So what can you do?
Counseling staff members with Diakon Family Life Services offer suggestions in response to typical questions:
What are warning signs that a coworker may be overly stressed?
1. A notable change in appearance, mood or personality
3. Being overly sarcastic
4. Missing sessions or meetings
5. Not responding to emails, calls or texts after multiple attempts
7. Being excessively fatigued
8. Becoming withdrawn and isolated
How can you be helpful and address your concern with a coworker without seeming critical?
Ideally, you may have a relationship with your co-workers or team member that allows a conversation to happen along these lines …