Stress at Work


Understanding Stress

When individuals are unable to use their resources to meet the demands placed on them, they experience what is known as stress. Stress is a common response to situations that require a person to adapt or change. Not all stress is bad. While some amount of stress can motivate a person to perform well, too much stress can interfere with day-to-day life.


In the Workplace

Work is one of the most common sources of stress, and stress is one of the most common emotional difficulties seen at work. In fact, 46% of the Indian workforce is affected by some form of stress.

Causes of Workplace Stress

Work Environment

One's physical environment can influence levels of stress. When physical working conditions are inadequate (poor lighting, restricted ventilation, etc.) employees are likely to feel stressed.

Role in Organisation

Stress is more likely when employees lack clarity about their role or have conflicting roles at the workplace. Lack of organisational boundaries is another factor that can lead to stress.

Career Development

Stress can be caused due to career-related factors, including over-promotion, under-promotion, fear of termination, decreasing job satisfaction, and the failure to fulfill one's ambitions.

Work Relationships

Poor relationships with others at work can be a major source of stress. Workplace bullying, discrimination and harrassment can also lead to intense stress amongst employees.

Work Burden

Stress is linked to the nature and amount of work one is doing. Moreover, the pressure to perform optimally at all times and to meet unrealistic expectations can also cause stress.

Organisational Structure

A host of factors linked to organisational structure can lead to stress - including office politics, lack of communication channels, financial difficulties, and unilateral decision making.

Impact of Workplace Stress


On the Individual

Chronic work stress can adversely impact an employee's physical health. It can also affect their mental well-being and interaction with coworkers and seniors. Some people may experience unhappiness and decreased job satisfaction.


On the Organisation

Stress reduces employee commitment, productivity, morale and motivation. It also increases absenteeism, labour turnover, and dysfunction. As a result, studies show that stress-related problems claim up to 10% of a company's revenue.

InnerHour's Solution for Stress

InnerHour's Employee Happiness Programme offers a range of offerings customised to address factors causing stress in an organisation.

Proprietary Diagnostics

The InnerHour Stress Test assesses various organisational factors that contribute to workplace stress, including work burden, environment, and role conflict. The employer can access fine-tuned insights for different organisational parameters such as location, team, and more.

Targeted Action Plans

Combining data from the Stress Test with internal insights of the employer, we create a customised plan to reduce stress levels for the organisation as a whole as well as for specific groups.


Our therapists deliver interactive workshops and/or webinars on topics relevant to stress management, such as coping skills, mindfulness, communication at work, problem solving strategies, and work-life balance.


The stress programme on the InnerHour app offers personalised self-help tools that are accessible to employees 24*7 in their pockets. Employees learn critical skills to effectively manage stress.


Employees can also access individualised support from a trained InnerHour therapist to discuss their challenges and difficulties with a professional.


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