Beat the work stress: Bring brain and job in balance


Eric Castien

Onderwerp Blog
Gepubliceerd op

16 November 2018

Look for the coffeemachine in your company today. There is a good chance that your employees talk about ‘stepping into their power’. Men tend to use sports metaphors. Such as: playing on your own power. A while back it was important to ‘Feel comfortable in your place’, however this is transformed into force related terms. Just like Gerard Joling with his famous (only in the Netherlands) phrases: “I don’t have the power for it.” Just a topic for a walkway conversation? Not at all. This is the main cause of work-related problems. According to the World Health Organization, an average of 1 in 7 employees suffer from work-related health problems. Quite depressing numbers. Fortunately, a large proportion of Human Resource professionals take this topic seriously, but with taking it seriously the problem is not yet solved. In fact, that is just the beginning.

Tackle work stress at the root
To address the cause of the problem, you need to know its roots. In work-related stress, the emphasis is still too often on curing. Whereas prevention is more preferable, if you ask me. When complaints are already touchable and are slowly but surely starting to take it’s toll, coaches, psychologists and psychiatrists are deployed to restore the health of the employee. Fortunately, there are enough skilled social workers around who know how a broken person can get back into his power, but why wait for the line to break?

Know what you require of your employees
Each working environment has specific demands for the brain of an employee. The complexity level, work pace, work quantity, work pleasure and work environment together determine the workload. This is the combination of demands that a job places on a brain. The work of a data analyst has different requirements than the work of a highschool teacher. Also within proffesions the differences are large. Working as a traffic leader in the tower at Schiphol is quite different compared to working at a roundabout in a small village. And the accountant who can focus independently on his work in room 118, experiences his activities differently than his colleague in the open-plan office. Every job is unique. Bottomline: Both employer and employee have a great interest in balance between job and brain. When the brain is overloaded or underloaded, you speak of an imbalance, or work stress. And it has a lot of consequences. The numbers of the WHO only show the tip of the iceberg.

Balance between Brain and Job: the basics
BrainsFirst is primarily launched to match human performance and context. Started from the astonishment that top soccer players who are considered as ‘stupid boys’, still show highly intelligent behaviour on the football field. Conversely, everyone knows examples of clever people doing silly things. Think of the professor who has always lost his house keys. Conclusion from 6 years of scientific research: each professional context sets its own demands on the brain. Each job is unique. Each brain is unique. The better the brain is able to meet those demands, the greater the chance of a match in terms of productivity, job engagement and well-being. The better the match, the easier to adjust.

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