Stress in the workplace
Stress in the workplace has become one of the increasingly popular topics of discussion over the last couple of decades. It has become a major concern among various organizations creating an impact on the management and operations of the organization. This paper will give a detailed definition of what stress in the workplace is and the most common causes of stress amongst both employers and employees. In the midst of investigating the causes of stress, I will give an outline of what can be done to manage the stress by not only the individual but also by the employers themselves.
I will also mention the effects of stress to an individual, which can be categorized as short-term effects both psychological and physiological or long-term effects both psychological and physiological. In relation to both employers and employees, I will outline the warning signs of excessive stress. To make a detailed work for this research paper, I will use the internet, interviews, and personal experiences to gather information.
Stress has been a very complex phenomenon that has been a wear and tear of everyday life. It is defined as the psychological response to the perception of demands and pressure from inside and outside the workplace. In addition, workplace stress is a harmful physical and emotional response that occurs when the demands of the job do not match the resources, capabilities or needs of the worker. This can lead to poor health and even injury among the employees and employers. In the workplace, stress normally occurs when stress related factors contribute too many problems both on an individual level and on the organization. Stress in the workplace has been one of the factors apart from poor management that has contributed to reduced productivity, which has affected both the bottom line and profitability of the company. In the United States, the American Institute of Stress (AIS) has estimated that 40% of the worker turnover is due to stress and the cost of stress in the workplace has been estimated to be over $300 billion per year. However, the ability of employers to lower the rate of stress in the workplace has shown to improve the employee’s quality of work and their health (Lee 36).
Causes of stress in the workplace
There are a variety of different causes of stress in the workplace and an ability to identify these as an employer is important because it will help in knowing how to deal with and correct any problems arising from it. Most of the stresses are caused when the demands at work become extreme or excessive. Many of these demands are a direct result of technological advances that have made work processes easier but on the other hand, require employees to do more tasks. Current technology demands the workers to constantly perform near peak levels, be competitive and be cognizant of technological breakthroughs. In some circumstances, the organization fails to inform the workers...