Friday, June 09, 2006

stress management : Acknowledging a problem with work-related stress.

Hard to drag yourself out of bed to your nine-to-five? Fantasies of throwing that laptop out the window still clogging up your mind? You may be suffering from work-related stress.

What is it?
Stress is the reaction people have to excessive demands or pressures. You may find it difficult to cope with tasks, responsibilities or other types of job related pressures or you might get anxious trying to meet such demands. It isn't just bad for your work, it could also be affecting your health.

What causes it?

Stress may be caused or amplified by a number of factors including:

* Bad relations with other work colleagues

* Long and/or irregular hours

* Too little work

* Repetitive work/boredom and lack of job satisfaction

* Working alone

* Job insecurity

* Job or organizational change

* Low pay

* Jobs with heavy emotional demands

* Poor working environments such as excessive noise, the presence of dangerous materials, over-crowding, poor facilities, or extremities of temperature or humidity

* Increased accessibility--the use of mobile phones, pagers and emails means the boss can always chase up work.

The situation can be made worse if there is bullying, conflict, harassment, and indifference to staff needs. Where the organization lacks leadership, work arrangements, deadlines and demands are set without consultation and seem to be inflexible, this leads to a high degree of uncertainty about direction, purpose, objective and job responsibilities amongst staff.

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