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Hello based on the reading can you answer these questions below

  1. What are the causes of Julie's stress?
  2. What are the potential outcomes if this workload continues for Julie?
  3. What could Rebecca (or the company) do to reduce the stress that Julie is experiencing?
  4. What do you think it is like for the employees on Julie's team?

Thanks kindly looking forward to your response.



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390 Part 6 Maintaining High Performance WE CONNECTIONS: ENSURING WEC HEALTH AND SAFETY Stress in the Workplace again. We just worked through lunch, and I was just making When Rebecca, WE Connections' new HR specialist, saw notes on what I have to do next. It seems that every time Julie Moore, the project manager, in the lunchroom, there is a task that isn't getting done, it gets added to my list. hunched over some papers and furiously scribbling some I guess it's good to be needed. I just wish people would stop notes, her face broke into a grin. She hadn't seen Julie in calling in sick all of a sudden. I've had three people call in weeks and was delighted for the chance to catch up with this week. That's not really being a team player, is it?" her. She quickly walked over and touched her on the arm. Julie straightened the pile of papers that was in from When Julie looked up, Rebecca almost gasped. The of her, and stuffed them into her bag. She added, "Well, woman looked like she hadn't slept in weeks. I guess I better keep going. Nice to see you, Rebecca." The last time they had spoken, Julie had been full of Before she stood up, Rebecca put a hand on her arm, life. Her face had been animated as she had excitedly talked and said, "Hold up a second. Are you sure you're okay? I'm about a new project that she was taking on. Due to an inter- worried that you're doing too much. All of this pressure nal staffing shortage, Alex had asked her to juggle two can't be good for you." major projects at the same time. One client was in a city two hours north of WE Connections. The other was located an Physical Effects of Stress hour-and-a-half south. Both required a lot of face time with Julie laughed, and said, "You sound like my doctor. She the clients, so Julie had been driving for hours almost every day. If she wasn't with one client, she was with the other, or wanted me to take a week off-starting today. I guess my blood pressure is up, and she didn't like hearing about my she was on a conference call with a member of her staff. headaches and insomnia. Obviously, she doesn't realize Sitting down at the table, and trying to hide her shock, Rebecca said, "Julie, I haven't seen you in a few weeks. that this is all part of the job. Stepping away, even for a couple of days, just isn't possible." How are things going?" She stood up to go, but added, "Ha! Can you imagine I'm surviving." Julie managed a feeble smile. "Things are good, I guess. what Alex would say if I bailed in the middle of these two Rebecca's first instinct was to tell Julie that she looked projects? He calls me seven times a day to get updates on everything, watching every single thing I do to make sure tired, but she bit her tongue. That kind of comment never I'm not messing up, freaking out when I miss anything. If I helped anyone. It just let the person know they were not stepped away, even for a day, he would be the one with the looking their best. Instead, she said, "How are the two projects real medical emergency!" She chuckled at the thought and going? I heard there were some hiccups, but you managed to waved as she walked away. keep everything going." Rebecca watched her go, troubled by the conversation. Living on the Edge of Disaster Shrugging, Julie said, "Just barely. It feels like I'm always DISCUSSION QUESTIONS one moment away from disaster. Every moment I'm awake 1. What are the causes of Julie's stress? I'm either working or driving. My husband says he doesn't even recognize me anymore." With one hand, she attempted 2. What are the potential outcomes if this workload con- to rub some of the tension from her neck. tinues for Julie? "Well, it's great to see you here. I'm glad you finally got 3. What could Rebecca (or the company) do to reduce the back to home base. I hope that means things are slowing stress that Julie is experiencing? down for you." Rebecca smiled encouragingly. 4. What do you think it is like for the employees on "I wish! If anything, things are ramping up. I just came Julie's team? into town today because I had a doctor's appointment this In the final installment of the WE Connections story (at the morning that I had already rescheduled several times. I thought end of Chapter 13), an HR staff member worries that there I'd use the chance to talk to my people here before I head out may be a union-organizing drive going on at the company

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