I don't think I know anyone who hasn't felt stress in the workplace at one time or another. Sometimes, it’s from workload; sometimes, it's from boredom and repetition; perhaps, the work is complicated; or maybe, it's the working conditions that are stressful. And, let's not forget those soul-destroying office politics.
If the newspapers are at all correct these days, then job instability is a huge source of stress for many people because of the current economic crisis in the world.
The good news is that even the worst kinds of workplace stress are completely manageable.
One of the worst culprits, in terms of job stress, is being in a job you hate and working for a wage that you feel is way too low. This really is a bad move from a stress management perspective. A person would just feel trapped in that situation. Most people could probably handle a job they don't much like as long as they are paid well or they could handle lower pay if they love the work they are doing, but, when it's both, it's just stress city.
So what do you do about stress in the workplace? Do you stay trapped and put up with the endless office stress or do you choose a new route, a problem solving route? Given the amount of damage that stress does on the body, it is not something that can just be ignored. Every day that goes by, in which you feel stressed, your body produces more and more free radicals that lead to severe free radical damage or oxidative stress. And we all know that oxidative stress leads to more than 200 chronic degenerative diseases.
In addition, let’s not forget about the three other main fields of stress. When most people think of stress, they imaging emotional stress, but stress in the workplace often also involves chemical stress, physical stress and electro-magnetic stress. If you work outdoors, you can also be exposed to repeated thermal stress, a subset of physical stress. Your body can only handle a certain amount of free radical damage, so it is very important to ensure you at least enjoy the work, so you can keep emotional stress under control.
Solving an occupational wellness challenge is a process. By making use of some quality business tools and techniques, each and every one of us can learn to understand the stress in the workplace we face.
And by breaking the problems apart or breaking them down, we can make better choices and take back control of our workplace sanity.
The average person works more than 125,000 in their lifetime, so it's important to make sure that the time spent is enjoyable. You owe it to yourself to find all the solutions to workplace stress that you can.