Workplace Stress : The Basics Explained

While going to work may give us income, structure, and a sense of pride, it can also cause a lot of worry and stress. You do not want you job to be a cakewalk, but any means. We all want a challenge to make the end product all the more satisfying. But if the amount of stress and pressure we are under gets to be too much, then we find ourselves under stress. The primary cause of employee exercised sick leave is often work-related stress. In fact, studies have demonstrated that as many as one in six individuals indicated their jobs were exceedingly stressful.

You can have work-related stress due to unpredictable stress or a situation with a sudden onset. However, it can also be factors that take their toll over a long period of time. Lots of different factors can cause stress on the job, such as too much or too little responsibility, challenging working conditions, lack of job security, poor fit between your job and your skills and interests, difficult co-workers, and long hours at work.

Both psychological and physical health issues area caused by stress at work. Physical symptoms can include headaches, backache, tiredness, sleep problems, digestive problems and sweating. Psychological symptoms can include feelings that you cannot cope, irritability and mood swings, disturbed eating patterns, finding it hard to concentrate, feeling less motivated and a lower sex drive (libido).

It is impossible to escape pressure at work altogether, so it is important that you learn how to deal with stress effectively. If you are trying to learn to deal with stress on the job, consider these three strategies…

– Changing how we react to an event that causes stress

– Reducing the way stress affects our body

– Learning alternative ways of coping

If you have tried to cope with your work-related stress but your situation has not improved, you may need to consult with a specialist. Getting specialist help does not mean that you are weak or that you are ‘giving in’, just that you have recognized a problem and want to solve it. When you talk to your health care provider, he will recognize the signs and symptoms of work-related stress. They can talk you through the origins and triggers. They will also teach you how to relax using special strategies.

If you feel that your stress is a result of being bullied or harassed then you need to speak to your company’s human resources or personnel department. You should not have to be the victim on the job. That is not a good situation. Most companies have policies outlining appropriate behavior, which specify the measures to take in these situations. These policies restrict the treatment of their employees and demand that everyone be respected. You can take action against workplace harassment even if your supervisor or manager does not act against your tormentor, as there are laws to protect you.

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