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Job Stress Job Stress the Effect on Employees and Employers u05a1 Jennifer Stacy [email protected] BUS 3004 Developing a Business Perspective October 17, 2010 Introduction Stress is everywhere—Home, school, and the work place. The sooner you learn how to manage it, the better. However, not everyone is very good at managing stress. To know the best way to manage stress, I have interviewed several businessmen and most of the following ideas of managing stress are based on their experiences. The ability to handle stress has almost become a requirement in most jobs today. According to the 1997 National Study of the Changing Work force by the Families and Work Institute in New York City, jobs are the biggest stressor for most Americans. In fact, job and workplace stress are three times more likely to affect a person’s emotional well being than children, again parents, spouses, commuting, housework or any other personal demands. Despite this, employers appear to be doing very little about it. Potter, an expert in workplace behavior and psychology, in her book Overcoming Job Burnout. “Across the board, no matter what profession, no matter what level, virtually everybody says they have too much to do and not enough time to do it.” When something inside tells you that things are not quite “right,” how do you know if it is stress? Look for these telltale signs that stress is building up: lack of concentration,
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forgetfulness, being disorganized, having trouble doing simple tasks, feeling anxious or depressed, having trouble sleeping or wanting to sleep too much, mood swings, shakiness exhaustion, stomach aches, headaches, and irregular breathing. Most of us feel one of these symptoms every day—but if you have a few of these symptoms several days in a row, you probably are in the “stressed-out” zone. Each of us has different level of “stress tolerance,” or the ability to handle the ups and downs of life without suffering these symptoms, since we all have different abilities, training, and values. What may be a demanding job to one person may be a welcome challenge to another. Once you recognize that you’re under stress, what can you do? The first step in alleviating your stress is knowing what is causing it. Once you know the root of your stress, you are in a better position to deal with it. Vera Peiffer, in her book Stress Management, explains that these stress roots can be almost anything that happens in our lives: “Any event that significantly changes your daily routine is a potential trigger for stress.” These “hiccups” of life usually can be
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  • Fall '10
  • Steinwall
  • Business, Stress, Occupational health psychology, Vera Peiffer

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