In many cases employees even feel the demands and problems of their colleagues or supervisors are so bad that they have a negative impact on their health and private lives.
If the work makes you sick, it can lead to disability and serious physical and mental suffering.
Performance pressure and bad working environment
The modern working world is short-lived and associated with enormous pressure to perform, which creates a stressful atmosphere for many people. Almost everyone is aware that you can only make good money if you make a lot of money. However, the fast-paced lifestyle and the modern communication media mean that employees today have to be available and accessible at all times and that their private rest periods are getting shorter and shorter.
If a short-term recovery from the hectic and stressful work routine is not enough, dissatisfaction in the job can quickly set in. Many people develop psychosomatic or emotional problems when they cannot reduce the excessive stress during their work-free periods. Enormous pressure and fear from mistakes, failures and being fired very often haunt each employee as they are linked to an existential threat.
And there is another situation: it often happens that occupational activities do not overburden workers, but instead undermine them, inevitably leading to frustration and boredom. Anyone who has a daily feeling that they cannot exhaust their potential will feel as helpless and unfulfilled as someone who cannot put up with the pressure of their superiors and develop stress symptoms.
Excessive stress is often associated with the so-called burn-out syndrome, whose healing requires intensive medical care and which, in certain cases, can only be successfully treated by admission to hospitals, therapies and medications.
Interpersonal conflict, mobbing and bullying
In addition to performance pressure and stress, bullying at workplace (i.e. mobbing) is one of the main factors in the development of chronic mental and psychosomatic illnesses. Although statistically most female trainee employees who are in a probationary phase and older people are victims of bullying, theoretically taken it can hit any employee. Many workers severely suffer under completely disrespectful treatment of their superiors and the associated rigid hierarchical structure of the company.
People are often verbally attacked by individual colleagues or entire groups, deliberately harassed, exposed to other colleagues or forced into an outsider position.
Possible reasons for bullying/mobbing are exaggerated ambition, competition, envy or professional existential fears. Many companies use bullying tactics targeted to get rid of employees, without having to terminate their work agreements, as in extreme cases or in a permanently unbearable situation the victim has no choice but to voluntarily terminate the employment relationship. Victims of bullying who remain at work, despite experiencing a lot of mental stress, social isolation and discrimination within the workplace also tend to develop a drastic decline in self-esteem, increased absenteeism (intentional or habitual absence from work) and, as a consequence, a decline in occupational benefits.
Burn-out syndrome as a result of chronic fatigue and emotional distress from bullying, nervous breakdowns, severe depression, panic attacks and anxiety are very common. Such symptoms must be treated by a psychiatrist and intensive care and often lead to incapacity to work, early retirement, alcohol or drug abuse and suicide attempts.
Ways out of frustration
Stress at workplace should be recognized as early as possible and the sufferer should try to reduce it by relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or autogenic training, i.e. a relaxation techniques utilizing self-suggestion, breathing exercises, and meditation. Likewise, walks and sports in the open air bring relaxation and recreation. Regularly maintained social contacts and conversations with family members and close friends provide emotional support. Even regular activities, massages, visits to a wellness oasis or a sauna distract from professional problems and can help to recharge your batteries. A number of agencies also offer professional counseling sessions to educate employers about their rights and ways to better manage stressful situations in the job.
In order to defend against bullying, the offenders should be directly addressed as soon as possible in order to resolve conflicts and solve the problematic situation. If the interview is unsuccessful, victims of mobbing can also turn to the staff council (if such one exists) or the employer and explain their problem. Anyone who is exposed to constant and groundless bullying may also consider taking legal action against the aggressor, as libel, slander and physical and mental attacks are punishable.