Stress can result in common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. While some seek help in the form of medication, or taking time out from work, unfortunately these solutions do not address the root cause of the problem and are unlikely to result in longer lasting benefits. Many people choose to self-medicate, relying on drugs, or more commonly, increasing amounts of alcohol to help them cope. Before long, substance abuse quickly spirals out of control, soon becoming extremely detrimental to health, professional reliability and performance.
Those who try to carry on without any help or support, are more susceptible to a range of professional difficulties. These range from making more mistakes and poor decisions, interpersonal conflicts, resistance to change, failing to meet targets, procrastination, reduced problem solving ability, disorganisation, time management issues, limited presenteeism, lethargy and slow working, disloyalty, resentment, hostility, negativity, clumsiness and accidents. It is important to be alert to useful indicators like these since they can help identify staff who are feeling under pressure who could benefit from support. Giving them the help they need is important not just for the employees but their organisations too.