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Stress and Motivation in the Workplace

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Explain in detail some of the signs you would be looking for when feeling extreme stress from job burnout and what steps should be taken to overcome this condition. Do you believe continuing to work for a lengthy period of time in a job where you are not motivated is destructive not only to you, but also to others in the company?

This solution provides two discusses, one that identifies what signs to watch for when stress arises; and a second part that explains why burnout can be related to a length of service in the same job. With stress, some employees may exhibit opposite behavior - such as those who are normally outgoing, suddenly become withdrawn. Others may go from being helpful to acting rude. A common sign of stress are frequent absences and a negative attitude. It is vital for employers to "step in" early to help employees manage stress. Motivation is key for employees; it is what gets them out the door and to the job everyday. When this declines, production suffers. Some employees become bored doing the same job for years. Employers may want to consider cross-training so employees have the ability to try different tasks. In 350 words, this solution covers both stress and the implications of motivation in the workplace.

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Signs of extreme stress from job burnout may include an increase in absences, an increase in errors in performing job tasks, a decline with working relationships amongst peers, subordinates and/or supervisors, and even violent outbursts. When there is stress an employee associates with the job, they may be more likely to call in sick; as an attempt to avoid the workplace. Job burnout can create a type of stress that is a distraction in job performance; where a stellar employee is now riddled with ...

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Extreme stress and job burnout can manifest into several negative behaviors; such as an increase in missing work, a lack of detail in job functions which creates errors and loss productivity, along with hostile interactions with others. For some, the pure nature of the job causes stress: volume of work, degree of difficulty and even the work environment. With others, burnout occurs after doing the job for too long. This solution details the signs of stress and steps that may be taken to overcome it. There is also an analysis of how working in the same job for a lengthy amount of time can be destructive to both the employee and employer. The solution is about 350 words.