Women and work-related stress

January 7, 2011 by  

Women are out working as hard as men and  although they don’t have the same pay as men, they have similar chances of having heart risks known to men.  As one author says „Working women are equal to men in a way they’ll wish they weren’t.“ 

Heart disease is among the top three leading causes of death among 20 to 60 year-old women worldwide, according to a women’s report put up by the World Health Organization (WHO) last 2009.  Like most reports, WHO links this phenomenon to a generally unhealthy lifestyle such as  smoking, wrong diet and physical inactivity.  A new study presented at a conference of the American Heart Association in Chicago  reported the link between heart disease and work-related stress among professional women.  It showed that working women have an 88% chance of getting a heart attack compared to women without stressful jobs and a 43% probability of undergoing a bypass procedure.  Worrying about losing one’s job does not increase chances of heart attack but heart-disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and obesity.  “Overall, the increase in heart-disease risk in high-strain workers versus their low-strain counterparts was 40% ”. The study involved more than 17,000 health professionals from a socioeconomically diverse group followed for over 10 years in the U.S.

Stress is defined as “enduring extremely high demand while having little control”.  There is nothing wrong with having a demanding job as long as there is room for creativity, development of other personal skills and decision-making.  Since most women in these professions are not in management positions, their jobs entail them only to be productive and to learn fast.  Thus the often “lack of authority or control over their work“ may be an important factor.    However, the researchers found that “the correlation between heart-disease risk and job strain had  more to do with the position’s demands rather than the women’s lack of control. That is, women with demanding jobs, regardless of their level of decision-making control, were worse off than women with less demanding positions”.

The importance of association of stress and heart risk is not a cause and effect and although the researchers do not know whether less stress would help in lowering chances of getting heart risks, they advised women to engage in physical and social activities that can lessen stress.

6 Ways To Overcome Workplace Stresses

May 13, 2007 by  
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By Tony Jacowski

This is probably one issue for which you may not need a survey to confirm. Nearly everyone feels stressed at work. Workplace stresses are not that different from domestic stresses. You feel stressed when there are high expectations, changes in responsibilities, possibility of job loss or even when you are standing at the threshold of a promotion. In short, even a small everyday event can add to your stress at work.

Stresses lead to losing your temper, increases in blood pressure, speeding up of respiration and ultimately affect your work efficiency. Psychologists have argued in recent years that workplace stresses are the result of learned helplessness when a person understands that his actions have been useless and loses hope. It is also true that such persons are emotionally dependent on others for morale.

Beating Workplace Stresses

It is very common to feel stressed when there is a heavy workload. In this section, let’s look at available ways to beat stress at offices.

• Reduce Workload: In this fast paced world, working beyond one’s limitations has more or less become a religion. Some people do this because they love their work, and some do this out of compulsion. While there is always a chance to improve your production for the same effort that you put in, you need to understand your limitations. Everyone needs relaxation to recuperate and get their batteries recharged. Reducing your workload is not about avoiding work but delegating it or spacing it out evenly over time.

• Break The Monotony: Routines that don’t challenge you can sure stress you out, especially when you need to get things done. Accountants are perfect examples of this. An exhausted mind is likely to give out at some point. Give yourself a break from work; go on a short trip with your family or friends. A vacation can refresh the mind and prepare you for the weeks and months ahead.

• Avoid Confrontation: Confrontation at the workplace is the result of frustration. It is dangerous to have confrontations, no matter if the opposite person is your subordinate or your boss. Instead of reducing stress, it might add it, especially if you realize it was the result of your mistake. Avoid confrontations; when you must, evaluate the situation carefully and if you still want to go ahead, do it in private.

• Recognize Stress Early: Recognizing stress before it is too late can help you avoid feeling burned out. If you notice that you are being overlooked for a raise or a promotion or being taken off of a prestigious assignment, try to see the positive side of things. The goal may not be to ignore you. Discuss the matter with your boss, politely and calmly. At the very least, you will have cleared your mind.

• Create Friendly Atmosphere: A light-hearted comment or a joke at the right moment can immediately reduce any tension in the air. Additionally, your coworkers will see you at your best and will inevitably lighten up as well. It’s hard to be upset when you’re laughing.

• Exercise: This really has a magical effect on your mind and mood. Releasing stress by means of exercise helps you think more clearly and reduces tension. The very people you didn’t like earlier may appear differently.

Beating stress is not difficult if you work towards it diligently. Realizing that stress only hampers your career should help you to channel your energy in the right direction.

Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solutions – Six Sigma Online ( www.sixsigmaonline.org ) offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.

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Working Burnt Out Is Not The Only Option

April 8, 2007 by  
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By Mari Taylor

For weeks David had been plagued by aching muscles, loss of appetite, restless sleep, and a complete sense of exhaustion. At first he tried to ignore these problems, but eventually he became so short-tempered and irritable that his wife insisted he get a checkup. Now, sitting in the doctor’s office and wondering what the verdict would be, he didn’t even notice when Theresa took the seat beside him. They had been good friends when she worked in the front office at the plant, but he hadn’t seen her since she left three years ago to take a job as a customer service representative. Her gentle poke in the ribs brought him around, and within minutes they were talking and gossiping as if she had never left. “You got out just in time,” he told her. “Since the reorganization, nobody feels safe. It used to be that as long as you did your work, you had a job. That’s not for sure anymore. They expect the same production rates even though two guys are now doing the work of three. We’re so backed up I’m working twelve-hour shifts six days a week. I swear I hear those machines humming in my sleep. Guys are calling in sick just to get a break. Morale is so bad they’re talking about bringing in some consultants to figure out a better way to get the job done.”

“Well, I really miss you guys,” she said. “I’m afraid I jumped from the frying pan into the fire. In my new job, the computer routes the calls and they never stop. I even have to schedule my bathroom breaks. All I hear the whole day are complaints from unhappy customers. I try to be helpful and sympathetic, but I can’t promise anything without getting my boss’s approval. Most of the time I’m caught between what the customers wants and company policy. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to keep happy. The other reps are so uptight and tense they don’t even talk to one another. We all go to our own little cubicles and stay there until quitting time. To make matters worse, my mother’s health is deteriorating. If only I could use some of my sick time to look after her. No wonder I’m in here with migraine headaches and high blood pressure. A lot of the reps are seeing the employee assistance counselor and taking stress management classes, which seems to help. But sooner or later, someone will have to make some changes in the way the place is run.”

Thousands of Americans are suffering from work burnout. Burnout is an exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration. Job burnout leaves you feeling powerless, hopeless, fatigued mentally and emotionally drained and frustrated. This can cause migraines, affect your immune system, cause digestive disorders, heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure and emotional distress. Burnout can also develop into Dysthymic Disorder.

Burnout is defiantly not an excuse to get out of work, but it is a real serious health condition in America today and becoming worse. Many Americans are reaching burnout levels coping with the tremendous stress of their jobs. Massive growing layoffs cooperate down sizing, pay cuts and growing work hours, resulting in employees now handling the work load of two or more employees. High job demands and being unnerved by a supervisor or co-worker can put a great deal of stress as well as being belittling. This taking a toll on the employees confidence and self esteem. Making them feel inadequate. Emotional demands and job work load demands are also both contributors to burnout. If this continues stress and burnout is going to keep growing and Americans are going to become distressed. To many responsibilities from taking on to much work load is where distress starts. It is very much known that these levels of stress can cause hypertension, heart attacks and many other physical ailments as I stated above. Burnout and work related stress is the most common health problem attributed to employees working long hours and taking on high work loads.

Professionals in careers that are fatiguing, afflictive and dispiriting seem more reluctant to recognize the symptoms of burnout. The pressure of career ensures the joy and happiness of life remains out of arms length, giving a sense of happiness that can no longer be reached. Realizing your reaching burnout levels is difficult. Employees who are the most stressed and burnt out don’t realize there is a problem.

American working class have the least amount of vacation time from there jobs then any other equally developed work society. Most people on vacation will check in with there job or come back to work early from vacation. A high percentage will bring their work home with them mentally as well as bringing home work projects to work on. This not only limits the employees time away from work but it also takes time away from families, resulting in the family members feeling ignored and isolated, not appreciated and they feel a sense of distress. Per a survey by Northern National Life, 40% of workers say there job is extremely or very stressful. A quarter of employees view there job as there number one stress factor in there life. Per Princeton Survey Research Association, three quarters of employees believe there work has more on the job stress now, then there was generations ago.

They’re some early warning signs to watch for and recognize, becoming very irritable with family and co-workers. Work attendance starts falling; you no longer have a desire to be at work. You have no motivation or sense of achievements. You lose relationships with co-workers you disassociate yourself from work functions. You’re beginning to feel physically sick, experiencing symptoms I stated previously. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms it is time to make some changes in your life, and or your job.

Relieving stress and burnout can be a long ongoing process. Some traditional methods to easing stress and burn out are making sure you get plenty of sleep, being well rested. Exercise is good for the mind not just the body. Exercise is a way for the body to release tension and pent up frustration, a good cardiovascular workout is great for the mind not just the body. A nice calming walk is a great way of exercise as well as relaxing and can be a sense of meditation, a nice walk in nature is a great way to bring peaceful thoughts to your mind. Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi are also great mind and body stress reducing and relaxation exercises. Some companies have developed stress management programs for there employees. But is it working? A lot of employees are beginning to telecommute. It’s cost effective for the company, but for an employee who gains freedom from the office it can still be stressful, due to work load and time sensitive deadlines. Home based businesses are one of the fastest growing business sectors in America. With the right one it can be non-stressful, and a time freedom opportunity. This gives you back your life, family time, restoring happiness and your sense self worth. Substantial incomes can be generated with the newer home based business models. When a home based business option is chosen to provide the better quality of life one may dream of it is imperative to select a home business that will not become a home based stressful job.

© Copyright 2006 Mari Taylor all rights reserved
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Mari Taylor runs www.home-business-lifestyle.com, just one of the successful home business opportunities of Ritz-Taylor & Associates, Inc., where she is a Co-owner. Mari takes a leadership role when assisting entrepreneurs with home based business start-up, marketing, growth, and profits.

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A Golden Rule To Manage Job/Workplace Stress

February 20, 2007 by  
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By Javier Fuller

A Golden Rule To Manage Job/Workplace Stress: Having gone for a sea bath, don’t be afraid of the oncoming waves. Take your plunge!

* Getting a job, involves lots of stress.

* Getting a job, without the stressful environment, is a blessing.

* Getting a job, with the type work profile that you like, a cheerfully disposed staff, and the administration that maintains the human relations at its best, is a boon!

You put in your best efforts, but everyone around you is dissatisfied. The reasons are beyond your understanding. Your fellow-workers are not happy with you; some of them do not hesitate to taunt you. Your boss frowns at you for nothing. Your wife nags you for your late arrival by 30 minutes from the office. Traveling through public transport, leaving your kid to school, going to the market in between hustle and bustle of office and home-what more is required for you to say, ‘oh, this hellish life!’

These are some of the issues that contribute to your job workplace stress.

If someone else is to be blamed for your stress, blame yourself much more for giving that prominent place for the Satan of stress. Throw him out lock, stock and barrel from your personality. Take a firm stand. Yes, it is possible; it is achievable.

A story goes thus: An educated youngster, fed up of his job workplace stress, ran away to Himalayas. There he met a Yogi. The youngster prostrated at his feet with all humility, and prayed that he wants to stay at His hermitage, as he was fed up of the city life and the job workplace stress.

Yogi’s reply was historic: Don’t runaway to any Ashram; create an Ashram, where you are!

What you need to to is to analyze and understand your stress. Take out the negativities one by one. Unburden the burden! Mind in itself, doesn’t have any existence. It is supposed to be a bundle of thoughts. Take out the thoughts, one by one and reduce the heavy load that you unnecessarily carry on your head.

There was another young man who wanted to take a bath in the sea. He stood at the seashore all the time worrying- let these waves disappear from the ocean, then I will take bath. Will that situation ever be possible? The message to such an youngster would be- having gone for a sea bath, don’t be afraid of the oncoming waves. Take your plunge!

With a positive bent of mind it is possible to control and transcend job workplace stress. Stick to your job, have patience and understanding! Go placidly amidst the noise and din. Everything is happening, as it should!

To get detailed information on stress, stress management and other stress management tips & resources visit www.aboutstressmanagement.com/stressrelief/

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How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Perfectionism at Work

January 16, 2007 by  
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By Larina Kase

A business executive named Bob had a hidden problem at work. He became nervous when he interacted with colleagues and performed various tasks. While he didn’t have an anxiety disorder, he frequently worried about his work performance.

Because Bob was grateful for his position, he was afraid of failure—he didn’t want to disappoint. Time management and self-esteem suffered because he frequently got caught up in details and ended up behind in his work.

Bob experienced social anxiety and the fear of public speaking, especially about giving presentations in front of his boss. While he spoke, his primary anxiety symptom was a racing heart. And he lacked assurance in his communication skills. Small talk and socializing made him uncomfortable.

How to Overcome Anxiety at Work

Do you experience fears like Bob’s that sap your confidence and hinder your career development? Do you procrastinate, worry about being a leader or doing a great job, dread giving presentations, or have insomnia from time to time?

If you experience any of these types of concerns, I’ll tell you some of the ways I helped Bob that can help you too.

First, I asked Bob, “What are you doing to ensure that you don’t fail?”

Sounds like a weird question, doesn’t it? But, you see, most people who worry end up doing things to make their fear more likely to happen! Such was the case with Bob.

Bob told me that he worked extremely hard—often until 9pm or later, and triple-checked his work to make sure that everything was just right. Sometimes he put things off if he didn’t feel he had sufficient time to do them extremely well. I told Bob that he was experiencing perfectionism, a common source of workplace distress and time management problems.

To cure his perfectionism, we had him do things less perfectly. I told him, “try to complete projects at only 90% instead of the 120% you’ve been doing.” He was wasting 30% effort for very low returns. When he purposefully worked faster and focused less on details, the quality of his work actually sky-rocketed. Nobody noticed the decrease in “perfect-ness” of his work, instead people noticed that he had more energy and accomplished more. He used the freed up time to be with family and go to the gym, which further helped him feel relaxed and happy.

Second, we focused on his fear of public speaking. In reality, Bob was a sociable and interesting man and a great speaker. Why was he uncomfortable? Bob held rigid rules about what was proper to discuss and when. He questioned whether his statements were appropriate. If he asked about a coworker’s holidays, he feared being too personal. If he discussed the weather, he thought it was too mundane. Of course, this continuous evaluation increased his discomfort.

The same process occurred when he gave presentations. He wondered what everyone was thinking, whether he was boring people, and if he was saying things just right.

I asked Bob to speak naturally without censoring his thoughts. I recommended that he focus on the significance of his message while presenting, not on the details of how he was delivering it. When he made these subtle changes, he came across very well.

Increase Your Confidence and Work Performance

If you experience worry at work like Bob did, rest assured, it does not necessarily mean that you have an anxiety disorder. There are things you can do to boost your confidence.

Identify the thought patterns that keep the worries around and challenge those thoughts. (“How do I know it is true that I’m a ‘bad’ speaker?”). Do not avoid what makes you nervous—instead get as much experience as possible. If you’re afraid of failing, push yourself to try anyway. Remember, you do not need to let nerves control you, you can control them and find greater success and enjoyment in your work.

Larina Kase, PsyD, MBA is a business coach to entrepreneurs and executives, and author of Anxious 9 to 5: How to Beat Worry, Stop Second Guessing Yourself, and Work with Confidence. Find her tips in media like The New York Times and Entrepreneur Magazine. For a free book chapter including a quiz to see if you have work-related social anxiety or perfectionism, go to www.anxious9to5.com

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Stress linked to nurses’ health problems: study

December 11, 2006 by  
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Work stress, low autonomy and lack of respect have been linked, at higher than average rates, to health problems among Canada’s 314,900 nurses, says a new study by Statistics Canada.

Thirty-one per cent of nurses reported a high work stress — defined as when their job’s psychological demands exceeded their discretion in deciding how to do their work. The average rate among all employed women is 26 per cent.

“We believe that the core reason for much of these findings is the fact that there is job overload,” Marlene Smadu, President of the Canadian Nurses Association, told Canada AM on Monday. “Nurses go into work repeatedly when they are short-staffed.”

The study, based on findings from the 2005 National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses, showed job strain was strongly connected to fair or poor physical and mental health among nurses. Seventeen per cent of nurses who perceived high job strain reported 20 or more sick days in the past year, compared to 12 per cent of nurses who perceived less job strain.

“Better pay is not actually the solution, if you asked any nurse right now they’d say they actually want more nurses in the workplace, paying me more to do really difficult work doesn’t make my work life any better,” said Smadu.

Smadu said most nurses are too stressed to handle full-time work.



Liz Strauss and Stress Management

December 5, 2006 by  
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writing for you ..
.. that uniquely Liz elegance, heart, and creativity

You can be more productive, if you can manage your stress. Here are a few good links to articles written by Liz to help you on your way!

* Levels of Interaction and Stress
* Interaction Conflicts: How to Find Stress Relief
* Time Orientations and Stress
* Goal Orientations and Stress
* The Visual Work Area and Stress
* Stress and the Single Audience: How to Lower Stress and Avoid Writer’s Block
* Business and Life: Sorting to Lower Stress
* Stress and Non-urgent Tasks
* Stress and Ambiguity in Making Decisions

All You Need To Know About Work-Related Stress

June 25, 2006 by  
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All You Need To Know About Work-Related Stress

By Carole Spiers

November 2004’s publication of the Health and Safety Executive’s new Management Standards for work-related stress has focused the minds of many organisations on this increasingly serious workplace hazard. But what are the differences between pressure and stress? What are the telltale signs and symptoms? What’s the current legal position? And what role should managers be playing in helping to combat work-related stress?

Pressure or stress?

Many people are confused about what stress is, and in particular the difference between pressure and stress:

• Pressure is the stimulation and challenge we need to achieve job satisfaction and self-esteem.

• Stress is a reaction to continued excessive pressure or responsibility when we feel inadequate and unable to cope.

Ever since prehistoric times, the ‘stress response’ has been a mechanism that our bodies have used to help us cope with danger. As soon as we’re aware that something is threatening us, our brain sends messages to our nervous system to either get ready to stand and fight, or run away. Unfortunately, whereas in Stone Age times we would usually have time to recover from the life or death encounters that triggered the response, in the modern world we’re confronted with a continuous stream of ‘stressors’ that our bodies perceive as threats, and react to accordingly.

Today, these could include financial pressures, fear of redundancy, overwork, deadline pressures or an important business presentation. The constant, ongoing pressure resulting from these stressors is different to the more immediate dangers that our stress response was designed to cope with. And it’s at the point at which our bodies cannot recover from these pressures that we can begin to experience stress.

The scale of the problem

According to the latest figures from the HSE:

• about half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill

• up to 5 million people in the UK feel ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ stressed by their work

• work-related stress costs society about £3.7 billion every year (1995/6 prices)

Telltale signs and symptoms

Depending on the individual, stress can manifest itself in many different ways. The table provides a summary some of the most common physical, psychological and behavioural reactions.

Typical Stress Reactions

Physical Psychological Behavioural

Palpitations, awareness of heart beating, chest pains Mood swings Susceptibility to accidents

Diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence Panic attacks Changes in eating habits

Indigestion Morbid thoughts Increased smoking

Loss of libido Low self-esteem Restlessness, hyperactivity, foot tapping

Muscle tension Irritability Over-dependence on drugs and/or alcohol

Menstrual problems Feeling of helplessness Changes in sleep patterns

Tiredness Impatience Out of character behaviour

Breathlessness Anxiety Voluntary withdrawal from supportive relationships

Sweating Crying Disregard for personal appearance

Tightness in the chest Cynicism Loss of confidence

Skin and scalp irritation, eczema and psoriasis Withdrawal into daydreams Sullen attitude

Increased susceptibility to allergies Intrusive thoughts or images Clenched fists

Frequent colds, flu or other infections Nightmares Obsessive mannerisms

Rapid weight gain or loss Suicidal feelings Increased absence from work

Backache, neck pain Paranoid thinking Aggressiveness

Migraines and tension headaches Guilt Poor time management

The current legal position

As well as acting as an unnecessary drain on the economy, workplace stress is also the subject of increasing government legislation:

• Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974) lays out the broad principles of an employer’s ‘duty of care’ to ensure, as far as reasonably possible, the health (including mental health), safety and welfare of all employees whilst at work, and to create safe and healthy working systems. This general duty of care includes pre-emptive action to prevent and control work-related stress.

• Many employers do not realise that since the publication of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (1999), all organisations with five or more employees have also had a legal duty to conduct regular risk assessments of workplace hazards, including psychosocial hazards such as stress. These assessments should then be used to identify and either avoid or reduce such hazards.

• On 3 November 2004, the HSE published its new Management Standards for work-related stress – designed to help ensure that organisations address key aspects of workplace stress (or ‘risk factors’) including demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.

• While the Standards themselves do not impose a legal duty on organisations, breach of the applicable regulations could lead to criminal prosecution, or claims for compensation through the civil courts.

So what can managers do?

The Management Standards are all about highlighting potential areas of stress, and encouraging employers to take action to reduce these – with the goal of matching the performance of the top 20% of organisations that are already doing this. If you think your organisation may be experiencing problems due to workplace stress, it will therefore need to take a proactive approach to tackling it:

• Many organisations face deadline pressures or sudden changes in work demands, and employees need the necessary training and experience to meet the ever-increasing demands made on them. Examples include training in resilience, time management, communication skills, and – for managers in particular – stress awareness enabling them to recognise the early warning signs of stress in themselves and others.

• Where employees have been forced to take time away from work as a result of stress, their rehabilitation back to work needs to be carefully managed.

• For those employees who require specialist support, Employee Assistance Programmes and counselling services are a vital component in employee wellbeing.

• Training in communication (and particularly active listening) skills is essential to help ensure that managers are aware of their team members’ problems and in a position to offer early interventions to resolve these.

Ultimately, reducing workplace stress is largely a matter of common sense and good management practice, and simply requires employers and employees to work together for the common good. Both share a joint responsibility for reducing stress – which, when this is successful, can help employees to enjoy their work more, and businesses to thrive as a result.

Carole Spiers Group

International Stress Management & Employee Wellbeing Consultancy

Gordon House, 83-85 Gordon Ave, Stanmore, Middlesex. HA7 3QR. UK

Tel: +44(0) 20 8954 1593 Fax: +44(0) 20 8907 9290

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About The Author

Carole Spiers MIHE MISMA Carole Spiers combines three roles of Broadcaster, Journalist and Corporate Manager in the challenging field of stress management and employee wellbeing. Over the past 20 years, she has built up her corporate stress consultancy Carole Spiers Group (CSG), with prestige clients such as Sainsbury’s, Rolls Royce and the Bank of England. Carole is frequently called upon by the national and international media and provides keynote presentations on stress-related issues. Carole was instrumental in establishing National Stress Awareness Day™.

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Stressed Out? It Might Be Your Job

June 25, 2006 by  
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By Kent Johnson

“I’m stressed out.”

If you find yourself thinking–or saying–this to yourself on a regular basis, you might have a real problem on your hands. Job and career related stress has been on the rise in recent years, as occupations become more complex, and workers are taking on more and more responsibility. In fact,workplace stress is now considered an occupational illness. Many employees undergo stress as a normal part of their jobs, but some experience it more severely than others, to the point that they need time away from work.

According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, extreme occupational stress is classified as a “neurotic reaction to stress.” There were more than 3,500 such illness cases reported in 2003. The median absence from work for these cases was 23 days, more than four times the level of all nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. And more than two-fifths of the cases resulted in 31 or more lost workdays, compared to one-fifth for all injury and illness cases.

Not surprisingly, the level of workplace stress seems to be tied directly to the worker’s occupation. In fact, just four industries accounted for the bulk of occupational stress cases: Services (35 percent), manufacturing (21 percent), retail trade (14 percent), and finance, insurance,and real estate (12 percent).

In general, white-collar occupations had a higher proportion of stress cases than both blue-collar and service occupations combined. Managerial and professional occupations, with 16 percent of the cases, and technical, sales, and administrative support occupations with 48 percent, had the highest proportions of occupational stress cases.

And there appears to be a correlation between stress and a worker’s sex. For each stress-related illness involving a female, two cases involved a male.

If you’re stressed out, you need to look at ways to reduce that stress before it has a negative effect on your health. High levels of stress, over time, can lead to sleeping disorders, high blood pressure, and other physical problems.

If you think your work environment is too stressful, bring the subject up with your boss or employer. See if there isn’t some way of reducing your workload, or taking away a few responsibilities so that you don’t feel overwhelmed on the job. If you feel yourself getting stressed out at work, try relaxing and breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes and see if this doesn’t calm you down.

Away from work, exercise is a great stress reducer. For many people, a brisk walk in the evening is enough to unwind them after a tough day on the job. I’ve found that yoga works wonders for me after a tense work day. After a half an hour doing yoga poses and breathing exercises, I feel refreshed, and I sleep much better at night. Other people relax by playing sports, or socializing with friends,or playing with their kids.

No matter how you relieve stress, just do it. You’ll feel a lot better, both physically and mentally. And if you can’t find a way to manage your stress levels at work, you might need to think about finding another job.

About The Author
Kent Johnson – author, publisher, career coach “Helping people realize their dreams one career at a time.” Searching for your dream career? Visit the popular www.your-dream-career.com for more info.

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