How to talk to your boss about stress..

How to talk to your boss about stress..

When you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress it can be difficult to see how to move forward. One step in doing this is talking to your boss or HR about the levels of stress you’re experiencing.

1. Schedule a meeting with your boss/HR. Explain that you’re feeling stressed and would like to meet with them to talk about possible solutions. Scheduling a meeting serves two purposes. It enables you to receive their undivided attention which will allow you to explain fully how you are feeling. It also gives you both time to prepare and think about how to make the meeting as productive as possible.

2. Research your rights. Your boss has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure your health at work and this includes your mental health. Knowing your rights can help you to feel more confident and prepared.

3. In preparation for the meeting, based on your research, consider what you would like to achieve. What is it that is making you feel stressed and what reasonable adjustments would you like your boss/HR to make to help you to feel less stressed. We are all human and vulnerable to stress Asking for help takes courage but it also paves the way for others to be able to have the same conversation.