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Stress is a part of everybodys life Depending on the level of stress it can control peoples lives especially in the workplace Employees spend several long hours at work and thus have less time for other things Stressed employees may be unhappy and thus produce nominally Stress can deteriorate social and family relationships and eventually burn them out ultimately it can take toll on any individuals health Stress in the workplace can come from many different sources The downsizing of organizations has caused a stressful environment Downsizing has created concerns over job security and has forced employees to take on a larger workload Downsizing creates quantitative and qualitative stress Quantitative stress pertains to doing the same amount of work with fewer people Reengineering the organization entails shaping the company to be more efficient with fewer individuals These individuals are asked to do a wider variety of work functions they are not trained to do causing qualitative overload Another source of work-related stress is the rapid changing and sophisticated technology that is being introduced into the workplace This requires employees to continually to learn and master new concepts which places them under great stress Also work that is repetitious and mundane boredom will lead to stress and tension On a physical level workplace stress has found that it can cause headaches backaches eyestrain neck pain lowered resistance to infections high blood pressure ulcers and heart disease Emotionally stress can cause depression anxiety listlessness poor concentration irritability and anger The cost of these health problems to employees can lead to low productivity lost work days workers compensation claims and other health care expenses Organizations need to recognize stress as a problem and decide whether or not to act upon it The article Reducing the Huge Cost of Corporate Stress talks about employers demonstrating to their employees that they care about their health and well-being by incorporating seated massage into the workplace These employers include IBM West Australian
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