According to a scientific review conducted by Harvard Business School and Stanford University, workplace stress is as harmful to health as secondhand smoke.
While stress can come in many shapes and sizes, workplace stress is something that nobody is able to escape, regardless of the job they choose. However, the stress level is clearly different depending on a wide range of socioeconomic factors, including the personality, financial status and the level of responsibility that people are faced with.
But the one thing that remains a constant, according to the 225 studies that the researchers closely observed, is that work related stress can take quite a tow on people’s health, as it has an effect similar to that of secondhand smoke, an unhealthy diet and the lack of exercise.
And while there are programs and awareness campaigns that can teach people how to deal with secondhand smoke, how to improve their diet and how to integrate exercise into their daily routine, there is clearly a high level of necessity for programs that can help people deal with work related stress, so as to minimize its effects.
This recent review has pointed out what the main causes of stress in the workplace are. It seems that the fear of loosing one’s job is one of the things that keeps most people on edge on a daily basis.
And while there is little that people can do regarding this matter, it might prove helpful to always have a plan B, an alternative option in the event that they actually happen to be laid off from their jobs. While it is not necessary that they actually act on it, it would prove helpful to know that there are other options available out there.
Another major factor that was revealed to lead to stress was the long work hours that people find themselves working. There are more ways of dealing with this issue, so as to improve the overall state of things.
Firstly, it is crucial that people make the best of the little free time that they are left with, so that they can recharge their batteries and improve their mood. And while it might seem that the best thing to do after a long day’s work is to sit quietly in front of the TV, this is the exact opposite of what people should do.
Getting some exercise could have an extremely beneficial effect on a workaholic’s life. And if choosing an actual sport is not the most appealing option, then engaging in active pass-time activities might make all the difference in the world, because getting the right amount of exercise could actually improve daily work rates.
Secondly, explaining to employers that you are not open to working a lot of overtime might save you far more uncomfortable discussions in the future.
The third main factor that leads to work stress is doing a job that you do not actually like. Choosing a career that is in line with your passions and interests might actually make every single day more bearable and reduce the amount of stress that gathers up every day.
Hopefully, this review has managed to draw attention to this massive issue and that more and more programs and awareness campaigns will focus on it in the future.
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