Stress can turn a potentially enjoyable job into nothing more than a daily struggle. Unfortunately, work is a significant source of stress for most of us. The majority of days off are put down to stress.
In small doses, stress can improve work performance, but if sustained and outside of our control, it can have extremely negative effects.
Stress at work may originate from a range of sources: the demands of the job and its environment; the boss; colleagues; working hours; job insecurity and pay (or lack of it).
High blood pressure, headaches or stomach problems
The nature of modern work is drastically different than that in the past, adding to stress and so-called “change fatigue.” Reorganizations, takeovers and mergers are now everyday occurrences. Pressure for a company to survive inevitably filters down to increased demands on employees. Unrealistic expectations, such as high performance targets, new technology and increased hours, can cause pressure for workers who may be forced constantly to adapt and learn new skills.
The workplace culture also can change—for example, new methods of communication or new styles of leadership can be introduced. Employees also might experience stressful office politics, bullying or harassment. Monitor your stress levels and actively look for solutions when it gets to be too much.