Stress in the Workplace

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This essay will discuss the causes of stress in the workplace, what organizations are doing to reduce stress and finally what employee's can do to help themselves work in stressful situations.

Stress is the wear and tear our bodies experience as we adjust to our continual changing environment; it has physical and emotional effects on us and can create both positive and negative feelings. As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action; resulting in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective. As a negative influence stress can result in feelings of distrust, rejection anger, and depression, which in turn can cause health problems such as headaches, upset stomach, rashes, insomnia, ulcers, high pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Everyone wants to make as much money as possible, hopefully with the least amount of stress on our health. Unfortunately in the present information technology era that is not always the case, with tight deadlines and schedules employers demands employee's to work long hours.

Globalization has meant any company in any country is available on a twenty four by seven basis. To someone new in the workforce this is an exciting time, unfortunately with high pay comes high levels of job related stress.

Occupational stress is the inability to cope with undue pressures and demands in the work place. Although stress is not a disease, if left untreated it can lead to physical and mental ill health. Work related stress is a major health and safety issue. Occupational stress can be approached from four different perspectives: medical, clinical/counseling, engineering psychology, and organizational psychology. Some jobs are invariably more stressful then others, such as teachers, air traffic controllers and emergency workers.

There are many causes of stress in the workplace. Commonly studied stressors include role, workload, interpersonal conflict, organizational constraints...