Guide to Recognizing and Managing Workplace Stress
The majority of Americans experience workplace stress on somelevel, but there are things you can do to help manage it.
If you’ve ever felt stressed, tense, or anxious because of your job ― you’re not alone. In fact, workplace stress has been steadily increasing over the past few decades, culminating in record levels of work-related stress since the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the majority of the workforce in the United States, stress is a regular part of their workday and a significant factor in their overall career satisfaction.
Ahead, we’ll discuss the impact of work-related stress, including how stress and burnout can affect us and what you can do to help manage your workplace stress levels.
Stress is a natural human response to things that our minds perceive as threatening or challenging ― and it’s something that we all feel from time to time. After all, between personal relationships, responsibilities at work and home, and other life events, there are plenty of reasons for us to feel “stressed.”
Work-related stress is the stress that people feel because of their job or occupation, and it’s something that workers in any industry or field can experience. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), roughly 65% of American workers consider work to be a somewhat or very significant source of stress.
While different factors can contribute to stress in the workplace, a few of the more common reasons for work-related stress include:
- having responsibilities beyond your job role
- having too many responsibilities in your job role
- experiencing an increase in your regular workload
- experiencing situations you have no control over
- experiencing harassment or discrimination at work
Of course, everyone experiences stress for different reasons, so the causes of workplace stress can vary from person to person.
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