A stressed workforce is a workplace health and safety issue, so here is an early warning system for your team’s stress level.
Inspired by the medical APGAR score, Harvard Business Review developed the Stress-APGAR barometer. Rather than being a test, survey, or assessment tool, the Stress-APGAR provides a set of guidelines that help executives think about and articulate factors that may lead to burnout.
The Stress-APGAR acronym recalls five key areas of potential pressure overload. These are:
A for appearance: How does the person look? Does he/she seem overly tired? Has he/she been gaining or losing weight? Is there any indication of substance abuse?
P for performance: A decrease in performance, particularly over time, may be linked to increasing distress. On the other hand, a forced effort to over-perform — becoming a workaholic — is also a warning sign.
G for growth tension: Growth is a result of learning and stretch goals. Everyone is different; some people take to new challenges easily, whereas others may find them more difficult. Is the person becoming bored? Or conversely, does the person seem overwhelmed?
A for affect control: “Affect” is another word for “emotion.” Everyone has good and bad days, but most people can regulate their emotions in a way that is appropriate for the workplace. However, noticeable and lasting changes in emotional state —including emotional outbursts or high and low mood swings — can be related to an overload of physical and psychological pressure.
R for relationships: Personal relationships are an essential part of mental health. In situations of increased stress, it is possible to observe deterioration in the quality of relationships at work, including social isolation.
Managing employee’s mental and physical well-being is part of every organisation’s corporate responsibility. 360HR Solutions can help you quickly and easily identify workplace stress using Stress Quotient Assessments. Contact Di Pass at 360HR Solutions for more information – 02 4225 2223.
And as Hans Selye, the father of modern stress research once said, “It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”
Article via Harvard Business Review