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Stress in the Workplace

The Easy Way to Beat Stress and be Happy

Stress in the Workplace
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Stress in the workplace reduces productivity, increases management pressures and makes people ill in many ways. Evidence shows that the problem is increasing. Workplace stress affects the performance of the brain, including functions of work performance, memory, concentration, and learning. In the UK over 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress, and the annual cost to companies is in the region of £700 million. So there are clearly strong economic and financial reasons for organisations to manage and reduce stress at work, aside from the obvious humanitarian and ethical considerations.
Summersdale Publishers Ltd.; July 2007
75 pages; ISBN 9781840245127
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Excerpt
Self-awareness can empower individuals to make the necessary changes to prioritise and manage time more effectively. NO RECOGNITION FOR A JOB WELL DONE Although it is important for one to receive recognition for one’s efforts, learn to be proud of your hard work and achievements and you will feel good knowing you have done your best. The easy way to beat stress and be happy It appears that more flexibility and choice are key issues surrounding both employees and employers today. Employers and employees are becoming aware of their differences. The tension between employees’ needs and organisational demands requires that a balance has to be found. Otherwise the heavy work loads and long hours will lead to stress and unhappiness. Learn to be adaptable to circumstances – communicate your feelings to your manager if something is making you very unhappy. ADVANCEMENT If you’re feeling stuck – continue to do your best, but arrange to see your manager to discuss your concerns over your career path. Be prepared to change if your personal career path does not align with your current employer. MEANINGFUL WORK The fact is that people are turned off by work that is meaningless or unethical, and that 70% of employees are looking for more meaning in their work. “The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase ‘to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy’. The need to live is our PHYSICAL need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economic well being, and health. The need to love is our SOCIAL need to relate to other people, to belong, to love, to be loved. The need to learn is our MENTAL need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our SPIRITUAL need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution. How powerfully do these needs affect our time and the quality of our life.” (Stephen R. Covey 1994)