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Workplace Stress

Engage in a general discussion about causes, consequences, and approaches to workplace stress.

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1. Engage in a general discussion about causes, consequences, and approaches to workplace stress.

Workplace has become a source of extreme stress. According to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA workplace stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.

There are many reported causes of stress. Workplace stress is caused by recent changes including technological changes, mass retrenchments, mergers and acquisitions, information overload, demand for more productivity, fierce competition, and uncertain future. (http://www.stress-and-relaxation.com/job-stress.html).

In addition, the top ten causes of stress as identified by The Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health (as cited in http://ezinearticles.com/?Overcome-the-Top-10-Causes-of-Workplace-Stress&id=1202 )are -

10. "Workload" ?Employees report that they are often stressed when they have too little or too
much to do. Managers need to divide responsibilities and help employees prioritize work that must be done. Make sure you understand the impact before shifting responsibilities. Take into account the cost of stress before you increase anyone's workload or hire more people.

9. "Random interruptions" - Telephones, pagers, walk-in visits, and spontaneous demands from supervisors all contribute to increased stress. Time management, delegation of responsibilities, and clarification of expectations can reduce these stressors.

8. "Pervasive uncertainty" ?Stress levels increase rapidly when people are confronted by new requirements and ...

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This solution engages in a general discussion about causes, consequences, and approaches to workplace stress.

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