Stress at the workplace is inevitable. You may have an unrealistically old-school boss or a co-worker who spends most of his or her time goofing off. Some professions, such as medicine and law can get to be very taxing as well. While some stress on the job can drive you to succeed and be healthy, too much can be very bad. It can cause many health problems and be detrimental.
Since it always pays to be healthy in body and mind, managing stress at work is paramount. You may not be able to change the ways of your drill sergeant of a boss, among other unchangeable factors, but you can still cope with stress and enjoy a longer, fuller life.
The average number of hours of work has gone up eight percent in one generation—to 47 hours a week. In fact, 20 percent of Americans work a whopping 49 hours a week. This can be a great source of stress, not just at work, but at home too. A high rate of divorces is credited each year to long hours at work.
Ask yourself questions about whether you are working a healthy number of hours per week or not. Is it possible to do your job even with less hours of work? Would your co-workers be willing to do some of your tasks? Can you develop a more flexible schedule? This is a very effective way of reducing job-related stress and the risks that come with it.
Pushing yourself too hard at work can lead to poor health. You may need to call in sick every once in a while, which is not good either for you or the company. One major problem of companies over the world these days is workplace absenteeism, which costs money and reduces productivity.
Americans also feel a great deal of stress because they no longer feel secure in their jobs. People are getting laid off and companies closing down by the minute. Due to these unfortunate circumstances, many employees are always wondering whether they will be made redundant or get laid off the very next day. Related to this, these workers also worry constantly about retirement funds. Due to the above factors, many employees no longer trust in their employers as much as they did, or look for greener pastures – in the end, both parties get stressed.
Because the workplace climate has changed, it is important that our own outlooks change as well. In other words, employees have to do their part in reducing stress in these dangerous times, and think out of the box if need may be. You may want to open your own retirement fund or make your contributions more regularly. Beating stress can often be achieved by fulfilling your end of the bargain. It is you, and you alone who can change your fate and dictate what happens in the future. This way you can feel free of most, if not all problems and minimize stress on a daily basis.