Wellbeing at work – looking out for anxiety
- Quality and safety of the physical environment
- How workers feel about their work
- What they do
- How they do it
- Their working environment
- Are they valued as a member of the team
- Is there opportunity for career progression
- An appropriate salary is being paid
- Work flexibility – be it part time, working from home, hybrid working
- The climate at work
- Is there job security
- Does the company have a long term vision
But what happens when a colleagues wellbeing is being jeopardised, potentially through no fault of the company and due to external circumstances – such as uncertainty within the business, national lockdown and a loss of routine.
8 psychological signs of anxiety
Everyone is different, as are their circumstances, and as a manager, work colleague or friend, we believe it would be helpful to be aware of some of the more common signs of anxiety.
- Confusion – when being asked to complete a task
- Indecision – the inability to make a clear decision
- Aggression – in response to question or request to do something
- Low mood/mood swings – that are out of character from the ‘normal’ nature of the colleague
- Being tearful – showing high state of emotional tension within the colleague
- Exhibiting low self-confidence – relating to potential confusion and indecision
- Seeming unmotivated – or inability to get started on a project, potentially as they are feeling overwhelmed with what they are being asked to do
- Deterioration in memory – due to the notion of being overwhelmed, perhaps their attention was less on the task or requirements to be delivered due to their heightened state of emotion
6 ways to help cope with anxiety
Having noticed a colleague, or friend, may be struggling with anxeity, hopefully the tips below will provide a framework on how to support the person you are concerned about.
- Create a safe space for your colleague to share their feelings with you.
- Be empathetic as to what the colleague is feeling or going through
- Offer realistic positive feedback
- Point out their unrealistic nature of negative thoughts
- Be patient and start small
- Encourage them to seek professional help – that may be available internally