What I Learned about Stress Management and How to Manage the Stress in the Workplace
MGT 301 – CL01
April 24, 2012
It is three o’clock on a Friday, and it will be three-day weekend and you plan on going to a vacation resort with your family when your supervisor comes into your office and tells you that they have an emergency project and that you and your team need to come in over the weekend and work on this project that is due first thing when the weekend is over. As the supervisor, it is your job to take that news to your team and tell them that information. Obviously this will cause stress on you, your family, and team. It will cause stress on your family because this was a planned tripped and they were looking forward to going on the trip. It will cause stress on your team because this is a last minute notice and your team may have plans for the three-day weekend. It will cause stress for you because you have to tell the bad news to your family and your team. Hopefully that stress will not over take you and cause any hardship on your physical and mental being. People spend a lot of time at work, whether it is to do the normal day-to-day work, overtime, or just spending some extra time just to catch up. The time that is spent at work is not normally care-free or easy, but can cause some work anxiety which in turn can cause stress. Stress can be mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression. Though stress is generally know as a bad condition, stress is important in giving signs that a person may be overexerting themselves and may be causing a medically condition, but without stress, people would not know when they are causing aversive or disruption actions to their being. There are many signs that can be seen when a person is stressed, whether it is physical, psychosocial, or behavioral. Murphy (1995) states that there are categories of job stressors and that could be contributed by factors that are unique to the job, a person’s role in the organization, a person’s career development, impersonal relationships, and how the organization is structured. In today's work environment, people are required to do more with less and that can cause situations that can be stressful. Stress management in the workplace is something that everyone needs to learn, how to measure that stress in the workplace, and learn how to cope with stress in the workplace. According to the Right Health website, “Stress management involves controlling and reducing the tension that occurs in stressful situations by making emotional and physical changes. The degree of stress and the desire to make the changes will determine how much change takes place.” (Information section, Para. 3). Stress management is more than ever important in the workplace. On a normal basis, a supervisor can be bombarded with many tasks over a normal workday and as a supervisor, it is their responsibility to manage all those tasks and ensure that each one is completed within the allotted timeframe. A supervisor is not the only person who can suffer from stress in the workplace; a worker within the job can also experience that stress from the duties that they normally work throughout the day or a new tasking that they may receive throughout the day. People need to learn what can cause that stress and what they need to do to manage that stress. Recognizing what causes stress within the workplace is the first step in managing There are many stressors in the workplace that people need to recognize in order to correct manage their stress. One of the most common job-related stress is the stress that a person can incur from a deadline that a person receives from...