Managing Work Related Stress

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Introduction: Managing stress in the workplace

Stress’ sphere of influence is unlimited and has one of the widest ranging impacts on the human body. Thereby, this qualifies him the title of a world-renowned celebrity – who’s fame is constantly growing due to his unrelenting impact upon the earth’s surface. As he is also encroaching every area of our lives – from body to work, to family, to relationship and many others. This reputable celebrity seems to have won the hearts of the public but a question remains unanswered – Has he won the heart of Employees/Employers?

This is ‘Proud Me’ revealing what goes on behind the scene (the hearts of proletarians) and assisting you as you strive for excellence in your workplace despite very stressful oppositions.  And moreover, equipping you with knowledge that would empower “you” to satisfy the circumstances perfectly and achieve every task at hand with zero amount of stress.

Today we give employees and employers – workers – the opportunity to choose their stand. Yes, this time, we offer you reasons for you work stress and methods of managing work stress. Your comprehension and application of these would determine where you stand – to either continue to live under the influence of stress or stand your ground and fight to the death.

What is ‘Work Related Stress’?

Duh – Is that even a question to ask? It’s a stress that occurs at work during work hours.

Ha-ha! You sure got that right. But wait, come to think of it – you ain’t that wrong?

Umm, you were saying?

I said – “You ain’t wrong, okay?!” Stop making a fuss out of it!

Oh, really? That’s more like it.

Yeah…Yeah…Whatever…So, like I was saying, you are actually right. Work stress is basically stress experienced at work during work hours. But that’s a rather obvious and shallow answer to give. So, coming from a more mature intellect, here’s an in-depth analysis on the definition of ‘Work Related Stress’:

Workplace stress refers to the immediate response of the body – mentally, emotionally, and physically – to changes in conflicting demands of the job at hand on the employee and the maximum control of this employee over these demand ends to ensure perfect conjunction.

So, basically, work stress is a strain or pressure upon the human body as a result of the combination of high demands in a job and a depleted level of control over these demands.

Say what?! Have you forgotten you’re talking to a ‘normal’ human being?!

Ha-ha!! Oh God, I can’t help myself…ha-ha. Wait, I thought you had a mouth that bluffs.

Shut up, okay. And just, explain yourself clearly.

Ha-ha! You know what, let’s stick to your definition – it isn’t wrong anyway. Plus, it’s simple for ‘normal’ humans.

FINE, suit yourself.

Okay 😎 .

What causes stress at work?

Normally, we wait till the problems are seen before taking actions or till the feeling of burnout has almost overwhelmed us before detecting the source and eliminating them. What happens then when you’re too late and unable to act in time? Sorry, pal, but…you’re doomed. Yes, you are. No two ways about this.

For this reason, it is important to plan ahead as in the case of an earthquake:

  • Predict (Detect the root source),
  • Plan (Possess the right solution for the right problem before it is birthed)
  • Take Action (Apply the suitable solution to the equally matching problem)

Here are some causes of ‘Work Related Stress’ you must avoid or terminate to really gain that work stress relief you always desired:

  1. Workload (overload and underload)
  2. Pace / variety / meaningfulness of work
  3. Autonomy (e.g., the ability to make your own decisions about our own job or about specific tasks)
  4. Shift work / hours of work
  5. Skills / abilities do not match job demands
  6. Lack of training and/or preparation (technical and social)
  7. Lack of appreciation
  8. Physical environment (noise, air quality, etc)
  9. Isolation at the workplace (emotional or working alone)
  10. Role conflict (conflicting job demands, multiple supervisors/managers)
  11. Role ambiguity (lack of clarity about responsibilities, expectations, etc)
  12. Level of responsibility
  13. Under/over-promotion
  14. Job security (fear of redundancy either from economy, or a lack of tasks or work to do)
  15. Career development opportunities
  16. Overall job satisfaction
  17. Supervisors (conflicts or lack of support)
  18. Co-workers (conflicts or lack of support)
  19. Subordinates
  20. Threat of violence, harassment, etc (threats to personal safety)
  21. Lack of trust
  22. Lack of systems in workplace available to report and deal with unacceptable behavior
  23. Participation (or non-participation) in decision-making
  24. Management style
  25. Communication patterns (poor communication / information flow)
  26. Lack of systems in workplace available to respond to concerns
  27. Not engaging employees when undergoing organizational change
  28. Lack of perceived fairness (who gets what when, and the processes through which decisions are made). Feelings of unfairness magnify the effects of perceived stress on health.
  29. Role/responsibility conflicts
  30. Family exposed to work-related hazards

And many others.

Do stick around to receive the full package to the effective ‘stress management at work’ tips we have to offer.

Coming Up: Work Stress Management Tips.

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