On the Job Stress

There are many causes of on the job stress. If you don’t think you have a say in any thought processes or decision making yet you are expected to carry out many responsibilities in conjunction with these decisions stress can top the scales. If you are given piles of requests to complete and unrealistic expectations to meet in a very short time frame stress also can top the scales. But if on top of all this you have superiors that don’t acknowledge you with compliments and praise your work this is the breaking point that topples the scales.

On the job stress has escalated progressively over the past few decades. Increased levels of job stress as assessed by the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders

On the job stress costs U.S. businesses of over $300 billion annually due to increased absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, medical, legal and insurance expenses and Workers' Compensation payments.

• 62% of Americans say work has a significant impact on stress levels. (APA Survey 2004) • A majority of workers (52%) are more stressed because of work than home. (APA Survey 2004) • 54% of workers are concerned about health problems caused by stress. (APA Survey 2004) • 45% of workers list job insecurity has a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004) • 61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004) • Executives and managers tend to have the most stressful jobs, while self-employed workers are the least stressed. (APA Survey 2004)

Try adjusting your work environment to reduce your stress levels.

Speak to your superior if you are overloaded and ask for assistance to complete the job – it will be completed faster and with more accuracy if you work as a team with someone else.

Don’t get personally involved with co-workers lives – you can be close and supportive but still keep your distance.

Stay away from any negative co-workers this will not only bring you down but will reflect you as having a negative personality as well (not good if your looking for advancement)

Work should be enjoyable – if you’re not happy, find other employment (the sooner the better for you)

Don’t put pressure on yourself – arrive to work early so you don’t feel rushed when you first arrive.

Play relaxing music in the background. Even if you don’t think you listen to the music it still has a profound effect on keeping stress at a minimum.

More stress reduction tips for work can be viewed at http://www.abc-stress.com/reducing-job-stress.html

Happiness Always, Susan
email: stressreduction@aol.com

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