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Work Related Stress 

Work related stress is probably cited as one of the main causes of stress in our lives. This is understandable when you consider that we spend about a third of our lives at work.

Workplace stress not only affects us differently depending on our own personality types and coping strategies but also where are in the hierarchy within our place of work.

For instance the stresses which may affect a boss can be completely different for someone working on the shop floor. Either way the stress relief coping techniques are the same, apart from maybe the one where you can change the situation to prevent stress in the first place.

Unfortunately if you are a junior member within your company it is unlikely that you will have the power to change some possible stressors such as lighting or office layout, but hey give it a go anyway.

Work related stress topics

  • Stressful jobs - is your work a cause of job stress
  • Does your work environment make you stressed?
  • Commuting causing work stress
  • Your job role and workplace stress
  • Particular stresses related to women at work

Stress And The Working Woman

The number of women who now go out to work has dramatically increased over the years. Being a woman myself I think this is great as it gives us the freedom to choose to work if we want to, be financial independent as well as enabling us to contribute to the family finances

However as with everything there is a down side and women, especially mothers who work as well, will be susceptible to stressors which our male counterparts do not experience.

These are:

  • Household chores at the end of a working day (yes I know some men do this too)
  • Feelings of guilt due to the inability to give the children enough time and being what society calls a traditional mother.
  • Monthly PMT or the onset of the menopause, which can greatly affect the ability to work as affectively.

Life Without Work

Another great cause of work related stress, is not having any to do, either caused by redundancy or retirement.

You would think that not having to go to work would be everyone’s dream, but financial pressures, worries and shear boredom are all in themselves big causes of stress.

The secret here is to:


Unemployed or retired, once boredom, despondency, fear or laziness set in, then stress and its related illness are never far behind. So find something to do, anything is better than nothing, find new interests, new hobbies or sort that garden out. Read the coping with stress and stress technique pages to help you.

Work Related Stress Causes

Here is a short list of some of the possible causes of work related stress:

These are just a few of work related stress from external sources; however stress at work can also come from within too.

Many people unwittingly cause stress themselves by:

  • Setting themselves unrealistic goals or targets
  • Trying to do too much at once
  • Trying to make changes too quickly
  • Asking too much of their staff and causing conflict

Are You Stressed At Work?:
Identifying The Sources of Work Related Stress

Does this sound like you?

 “I can’t cope with all the work I have, I do more than everyone else anyway and I often end up taking work home with me to do in the evenings.”

If so then yes I would say that you are suffering from work related stress. But let’s be more specific, if you can identify the actual causes of your stress, it is more likely that you will be able to make some changes in these areas and so reduce the stress.

Scoring: Highly Stressful 3, Moderately stressful 2, Low Stress 1, No Stress 0
Lack of job satisfaction   managing others  
Work politics   Making decisions and plans  
Too much work to do   Levels of support and encouragement  
Can't switch off from work at home   Hours of work  
Little feedback from bosses   Time demands  
Time pressures   Having A clear job role  
Take work home a lot   career prospects  
Conflict in the workplace   Changes in job role / duties  
Home life being affected by work   Home and work conflicts  
Low morale at work   Physical working conditions  
Meetings and presentations   Lack of variety in job  
No one to confide in at work   Family conflicts regarding work  
Salary   Confidence in own work skills  
relationship with manager   Relationship with work colleagues  
Worry about making a mistake at work   Boredom at work  
Lack of training   Role at work not defined  
Not enough to do at work   Changes outside of work  
Job security   Too many different roles to play  

Your Score (add up the individual colors)

below 5
5 - 8
over 8
Workload not too heavy On the verge of becoming stressful Workload is stressful to you, changes need to be made here
Role well defined and non stressful Some clarifcation of your role is needed to prevent it becoming stressful. You need your job to be fully defined and outlined for you, seek this from your managers
Responsibility is does not worry you You have some difficulties taking responsibility at work Ask for help and support, some training may help here as you are having difficulties with your current levels of responsibility.
relationships with work colleagues are fine There may be some stress here with other at work. Their is definitely a issue with relationships at work causing stress. Seek help from your support networks.
Job Satisfaction
You enjoy your job You would like your job to be a little more challenging or satisfying. You have low job satisfaction. Could you change your current role at work or even change jobs?
Home life
Home and work life do not conflict or stress There could be some problems here, take a closer look at why. There is conflict here between home and work life. Make sure you define the boundaries of each and keep them separate.

Managing Work Related Stress:
Tips on Reducing Stress

  • Ask for help when things get too much
  • Don’t take work home, work is work, home is home
  • Don’t take on too much, say no (in a nice but assertive way of course) if you feel under pressure
  • Plan your workload. Don’t put difficult tasks off; you’ll only worry about them.
  • Don’t use crutches to get you through the day. Smoking and drinking at lunch time on a regular basis will only add to your problems.
  • Take breaks through out the day. These will help recharge your batteries and in the long run help you complete your work well.
  • Make sure you have an active social life outside of work.

Getting things off your chest is also a good way to relieve stress build up at work. If you don't have someone you can do this with, then the next best thing is to get it all down on paper (or keyboard). In fact you can do that right here on the site, use our STRESS AT WORK RANT BOARD to find some stress relief.

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