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Do you have a well-balanced “portfolio of relationships”?

A broken leader, an office worker who can’t go to work… Stress lurks everywhere in our daily lives, and some events become triggers, and one day we suddenly give in to stress. Maybe it will attack you tomorrow.

According to the 2016 Occupational Safety and Health Survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, 59.5% (up 3.8 points from the previous year) of workers feel strongly anxious or stressed about their current work.

62.3% (compared to the previous year) of the businesses that conducted the stress check (using questionnaires, etc., to grasp the current stress situation and make the person aware of it), which is an obligation to make efforts under the Industrial Safety and Health Act. +39.9), and the percentage of establishments taking measures for mental health (measures to maintain and improve the mental health of workers that employers should try to take) was 56.6% (down 3.1% from the previous year).

For employees to work while being stressed is a cost to the company, such as lowering labor productivity. In fact, it is estimated that American companies are spending between $200 billion and $300 billion a year on absenteeism, lost productivity, medical bills, and legal costs caused by workplace stress. Efforts to reduce stress so that human resources can function as “materials” are also an important perspective in corporate management.

It goes without saying that if the leader himself is overwhelmed by stress, it will have a great impact on the lives of the employees.

In other words, managing stress well and living while relieving stress is an important risk management for us living in the present age.

One of the three major causes of stress is definitely human relationships. At work, at home, in the community, people-to-people ties hurt their hearts. On the other hand, the most important aspect of stress treatment is human support, namely, “social support” (“psychological and material resources exchanged among network members with the intention of promoting an individual’s well-being”). and one of the stress copings resources).

In other words, the stress received by people can only be resolved by people. It is also proof that humans are social animals, not economic animals.

In social support, the larger the interpersonal network, the better the health. People who have a wide range of interpersonal relationships are able to overcome stress and spend their days in good health.

What kind of relationships are effective in coping with stress? There are four functions of social support: 1. emotional support, 2. evaluative support, 3. instrumental support, and 4. informational support.

Emotional support is someone who listens to your complaints and comforts you. Evaluative support is a presence that provides evaluation criteria such as whether the behavior is socially good or bad, and provides discipline and education. Instrumental support is the presence of specific support, such as financial assistance or helping with things you can’t do. And informational support refers to those who provide information such as where to go to receive support, even though the person does not actually act.

It is important that such relationships exist in a well-balanced manner.

There are many people who can provide emotional support, but if there is no one who can provide evaluative support, it cannot be expected to be very effective. Or the situation where one person is also supporting all is also a problem.

For example, if a child who has grown up is unable to form human relationships through communication with others and the mother fulfills all of the support functions, if that one and only existence disappears, stress will immediately begin. You will be in a losing position. Therefore, it can be said that a situation in which various human relationships surround oneself in a well-balanced manner is important in coping with stress.

The relationships around us are constantly changing. That’s why you need to be constantly aware of your relationship portfolio. Let us make efforts to deepen the weak support and to form the missing support. Not only does building a relationship portfolio make our lives more colorful, but it also keeps us from being overwhelmed by the stresses of society.

I also want to value looking back on myself through checking my personal relationship portfolio. It should also be an opportunity for you to become aware of where you are as a supporter for your loved ones, and to reflect on whether you are helping those around you and how you behaved.

2017 is just around the corner. At the end of the year, why not take a look back at the past year and review your relationship portfolio?

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