Workplace Stress

Tips for workers on the brink of burnout

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:00

Tips for workers on the brink of burnoutThere are several types of employees that experience job burnout, from the under-challenged to the overworked.

The Mayo Clinic reports that a burned out worker may also be excessively stressed, fatigued, depressed or anxious, as well as have trouble sleeping or develop substance abuse problems.

The medical source recommended identifying and targeting the root of burnout in order to address feelings of disengagement. Additionally, evaluating concerns with a supervisor may help both parties come to a solution or compromise that could alleviate workplace stress.

An article in FYI Living reports that employees who are prone to burnout should build a good relationship with their boss.

Telecommuting may also help break up the monotony of the workweek, or provide a much-needed break from stressful co-workers, according to the news source.

FYI Living also recommended that employees adorn their workspace with photos of family, friends and nature to help make a positive impact and provide some inspiration.

Additionally, employee wellness programs that provide tools and resources for stress management have been shown to effectively reduce workplace stress and strengthen employee performance.  
 

Certain personality traits may intensify workplace stress

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:00

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Certain personality traits may intensify workplace stressTension and anxiety in the office are difficult enough to reduce without staff members' and managers' negative attitudes. Every workplace has one of these individuals, who take a bad situation and makes it worse.

The Seattle Times recently reported that there are ways to identify people who tend to suck the positivity out of a room.

First, they often dwell on bad news, according to the news source. Moreover, it can be difficult to cheer them up with solutions or motivational words.

Additionally, problems tend to snowball for these individuals, becoming insurmountable issues that another person may have nipped in the bud, according to the Times.

An article in Psych Central reports that stress and personality are inextricably linked to how a situation is handled. For instance, when confronted with an issue, the person who tells themselves that it is manageable is much more likely to succeed in solving the problem than the worker who has an intense negative reaction.

While it may not be a viable option to let go of these workers, they may be helped with employee wellness programs that provide tools and resources for stress management. Such initiatives have been shown to reduce workplace stress as well as improve employee performance.  
 

Smoking cigarettes is sometimes a response to stress

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011 16:00

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Smoking cigarettes is sometimes a response to stressA recent Gallup poll reveals that smokers, now more than ever, agree that the habit is "very harmful" to their health, suggesting that many may have a desire to stop their life-threatening habit but don't know how.

About two thirds of smokers surveyed admitted that they are putting themselves at risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The Cleveland Clinic reports that many people smoke because they believe that it helps relieve stress. While having a cigarette may temporarily alleviate tension, it's doing the opposite in the long run.

"Blood pressure rises, heart rate increases, muscles become tense, blood vessels constrict, and less oxygen is available to the brain and body to facilitate healthy coping. In short, smoking increases the stress level on the body," the health source reported on its website.

Additionally, the Cleveland Clinic recommends beginning a cessation program right away to curb the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, and that waiting for a "stress-free" time in life is not a viable option.

Employers who notice that their workers take frequent cigarette breaks may have a particularly stressed-out staff on their hands. Employee wellness programs that provide tools and resources for stress management may provide workers with a healthy outlet for tension and anxiety.  
   

Prolonged exposure to adrenaline may be cause of harmful effects of stress

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Sunday, 21 August 2011 16:00

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Prolonged exposure to adrenaline may be cause of harmful effects of stressStress has the potential to do more than cause feelings of anxiousness or unease, it can also lead to a host of conditions and illnesses. Until now, the medical community has had only an idea of why stress affects the body.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center believe that the elevated adrenaline levels that occur when a person is stressed may be the cause of stress' possible disease-causing effect.

In a mouse model, a team of scientists found that inducing stress in rodents through an infusion of a compound that is similar to adrenaline resulted in DNA damage by triggering certain biological pathways.

"This could give us a plausible explanation of how chronic stress may lead to a variety of human conditions and disorders, which range from merely cosmetic, like graying hair, to life-threatening disorders like malignancies," said senior author Robert Lefkowitz, M.D.

For many individuals, their job is a main source of stress. Results of this study suggest that staving off anxiety may be key in preventing disease.

Employee wellness programs that provide tools and resources for stress management have been shown to be effective in reducing workplace stress, improving employee performance and lowering costs stemming from health insurance.  
 

Realistic expectations may reduce stress for working moms

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Sunday, 21 August 2011 16:00

Realistic expectations may reduce stress for working momsThe myth of the "supermom" - a woman who can juggle a successful career and full-time parenting - appears to put a lot of pressure on women who choose to have both a job and a family, sometimes even leading to depression.

A study that was conducted at the University of Washington reveals that mothers who expect to make minor sacrifices in work or home life, such as skipping a kid's soccer game or leaving work early for a recital, tend to be mentally healthier than their counterparts with high expectations of themselves.

"Women are sold a story that they can do it all, but most workplaces are still designed for employees without child-care responsibilities," said lead author Katrina Leupp. "You can happily combine child rearing and a career, if you're willing to let some things slide."

The study involved 1,600 working moms who were 40 years old and married.

It's likely that women who feel pressured to be "supermom" experience high levels of workplace stress. Results of this study suggest that employee wellness programs that provide tips for a balanced life and stress management may help working moms perform better both on the job and at home.  
   

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