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Over the past few decades many people are hearing more about job related stress With many households depending on duel incomes people are working more and having less leisure time Many claim that job stress has contributed to such illnesses as heart disease depression gastric problems exhaustion and many other related illnesses This paper will focus on the background issues surrounding stress as well as the steps that need to be taken by ones self and the employer According to The Random House Dictionary stress is defined as physical mental or emotional tension Job stress occurs when demands are imposed upon the workers in which they can not meet those demands or when there are not enough adequate supplies or information available for the employee to perform their job as required Paine 1982 pg 68 In the book The Overworked American author Juliet Schor 1991 reports that 30 percent of adults have reported experiencing high levels of stress on a daily basis There is an even higher percentage of adults who have claimed to have high levels of stress at least once or twice a week In 1965 only a quarter of the population reported that they are rushed to get things done resulting in high stress levels Today that number has increased to one-third of the American population claiming they are rushed on a daily basis Schor 1991 p11 King 2 Prolonged severe stress can cause emotional depression the exhaustion stage is not depression but a physical process Long-lasting excessive stress can cause a variety of physical illnesses Among them high blood pressure ulcers colitis arthritis diabetes stoke and heart attack The same type and level of stress can effect individuals differently It depends on the persons physical condition age sex genetic predisposition and on certain external factors diet or treatment with certain drugs or hormones as to the physical
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