Workplace Stress: a collective challenge
Thursday 28th April marks a World Day for Safety and Health at work in which is themed "Workplace Stress: a collective challenge". We take a look at what this means for us as Architectural Consultants.
"Today, many workers are facing greater pressure to meet the demands of modern working life. Psychosocial risks such as increased competition, higher expectations on performance and longer working hours are contributing to the workplace becoming an ever more stressful environment. With the pace of work dictated by instant communications and high levels of global competition, the lines separating work from life are becoming more and more difficult to identify."
With the recent (ish) digital revolution within the construction industry, the governments mandate for BIM L2 and the increasing competition we face as consultants it's no wonder that Work Related Stress is a big focus for many. Everything we trained to do is changing, and its changing at a rapid pace. As Architectural Consultants we have been early adopters of BIM (from 2008) and during the last 8 years we have seen massive developments in this area. We have seen the government invest millions into Strategy & Process, and individual companies spending thousands on software and training. All of this while still achieving the typical deliverables expected by a service sector.
One of the biggest influences to stress is the blurred lines between work and home life and switching off from "work-mode". The issue with the digital revolution, and the modern BIM way of working is that the digital age has really took hold. There are social groups, online forum's, LinkedIn networks and many other avenues in which our peers today discuss work related issues. But the real problem is that this extends into hours outside of work, whilst sat at home on your smart phone or tablet.
This creates an environment in which you cannot switch off from and this causes a negative effect and ultimately can create stress.
The International Labour Organisation has released some information on this which goes into great detail. Worth a read if you can spare 15 minutes during an already busy and stressful day!