Work-Related Stress and Stress Management
Stress can be defined as an adaptive response to a situation that is perceived as challenging or threatening to a person's well-being and usually described as a negative experience. Most people feel some type of pressure from their daily duties in the work place. This pressure can be positive and motivating but sometimes this pressure can be excessive, leading to a stressful feeling. Stress can also result from being over worked. Work-related stress affects individuals differently depending on the situation and individual resilience, defined as the capability of individuals to cope successfully in the face of significant change, adversity, or risk.
The significance of learning about stress is that it can give organizations and employees some insight and clarity around the importance of stress management and avoidance. Educating employees about stress can allow them to become more comfortable and open to learning new ways to decrease their stress and maintaining a healthy state of mind. In my opinion, stress education should be of great importance to every organization no matter the size or industry. Both organizations and employees will benefit from stress management and stress education and is well worth the time and money invested.
Work-related stress leads to underperforming and unhappy employees. Organizations have a responsibility to help reduce stress for their employees to allow for a healthy work-life balance, but also for organizational effectiveness. So what should organizations do to reduce employee stress? A few quick and relatively low cost options include reducing workplace noise, allowing flexible work schedules and allowing employees to working from home. Other more costly options include on-site fitness centers, child care support, and complaint systems where employees can have their voices heard and offer input on company policies or procedures. If an organization chooses not to help employees...
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