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I Introduction Throughout the eighties and into the nineties work stress has continued to rise dramatically in organizations across North America The eighties saw employees stressing out from working in a rapidly growing economy During the nineties beginning from the recession of 1992 till present day employees are stressed by their own job insecurities in the face of massive downsizing and restructuring of organizations in order to be competitive on the global stage Work stress is a very extensive topic ranging from research on the sources of stress the effects of stress to ways on managing and reducing stress This report will focus first on the evidence for the harmful effects of stress at work both mentally and physically The last section will briefly explain why management should be concerned with rising employee stress and will describe some actions management can take to alleviate work stress II Harmful Effects of Stress Most research studies indicate a high correlation between stress and illness According to authorities in the United States and Great Britain as much as 70 of patients that are treated by general practitioners are suffering from symptoms originating from stress Everyone experiences stress however each person responds to stress very differently Their response is dependent on how each person reacts to stress emotionally mentally and physically There are however common effects of stress for most people on the physical and mental body 1 Physical Effects The researcher Blyth in 1973 identified a list of diseases which have a fairly high causal relationship with stress The World Health Organization and consultations with the JR Geigy Pharmaceutical Company obtained his evidence through interviews with medical experts review of reports The following is a list of some of the illnesses Blyth had identified Hypertension Coronary thrombosis Hay fever and other allergies Migraine headaches Intense itching Asthma Peptic ulcers
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