Friday, February 17, 2006

Death by Work

Can your job kill you?

Deadlines, obnoxious co-workers, evil bosses. These are all challenges that many people have to face everyday at work.

OK, these factors can be downright annoying and unpleasant, but can they really be harmful to you?"

It would seem so... Here are the 5 biggest causes of stress according to CNN:

1. Job security: This is the No. 1 cause of stress among the patients Menard sees.

"People are fearful of losing their jobs, so they work more and then get stressed and burn themselves out," she said.

Also, many bosses may be working employees harder to meet demands for higher cost efficiency and productivity.

2. Poor diet: Caffeine and nicotine often are used to get people through stressful situations.

"Indulging in these or other substances, such as drugs and alcohol, only intensifies the stress cycle," Menard warned. "The more caffeine you drink, the less you sleep. The less you sleep, the more tired and tense you feel." And so on...

3. Lack of sleep: This in and of itself can be a stressor. Usually the more tired you are, the less patience you have, and you are more apt to fly off the handle. So it's important to get enough sleep and burn off those excess stress hormones with some exercise or meditation.

4. Success: Sometimes being successful actually can lead to anxiety. Dr. Menard notes that people in high-pay, high-stress professions, such as financial traders, feel extreme pressures to make money for their companies and their clients. They know if they don't bring in the money, they will lose their accounts and perhaps their jobs.

However, even if they are successful, dealing with great amounts of money and just the art of the deal can become addictive, keeping them in a perpetual state of tension.

5. Feeling no control: Many of Dr. Menard's patients report feeling they have no power over their job responsibilities and that someone else is always pulling the strings. This can be a great source of worry, especially if they have a never-ending workload to complete.

So I suffer from, probably, three of these; perhaps even four. And I'm fairly new to this daily intravenous stress drip.

Anyone else dying at work?

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1 Comments:

  • Def 4/5 but not for the reasons listed exactly...

    MP

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 PM  

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