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job related stress

“I was a little excited but mostly blorft. “Blorft” is an adjective I just made up that means ‘Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.’ I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”
― Tina Fey

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Are you among the many who are feeling overwhelmed by the expectation of work and home? Do you feel there is never enough time to complete all the things that are being asked of you? Do you feel like you are only able to do mediocre work? If you are you are not alone.  More and more people are feeling like work expectations are growing ever higher.   Employers are demanding more from their workers, more time, and more results without any new forms of compensation.   Employers  realize that they can squeeze more out of each person especially when there are so many people looking for work.

Fear drives the actions we take in many cases.   Stress increases, frustration increases and life satisfaction decreases with each  new thing that is being asked of us to take on.   When will it all stop?

Where does stress show up at work?

The Wall Street Journal (March 5,2013) shows the following:

32% of women and 30% of men find that there isn’t sufficient opportunities for advancement.

33% of people are challenged to balance work and life.

31% of women and 27% of men don’t think employers have plans to help manage    stress.

39% say that there is too much to do.

38% of women say they aren’t compensated well for their work.

Stress is rising.    Stress is taking a toll on women at greater numbers than ever before.      Some people quit their jobs rather than having stress create health issues.   Some people move to places where there is less stress, jobs with less stress and perhaps lower pay.

Pay helps reduce stress to some degree, but if the work demands are too great the pay doesn’t compensate for the stress.   Look at your life.  What is working for you and what isn’t.   What is the cost of stress in your life?

Understand what works for you.  Know what you are good at.   Know your purpose and live that out.  You’ll find that happiness is worth a lot more than a big paycheck in the long run.

Take time to smell the flowers.   Take time to look around and observe the beauty.  Be kind to yourself and stress less.

stressed … at work?

 “How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish” Catherine Pulsifer

Career Cast has a list of the most stressful jobs and the least stressful jobs.    Unemployed people don’t have a place on the list yet we can assume that their job of finding employment, getting an interview and finally landing a job is filled with stress.   There is a lot of personal stress for those who are seeking a job and find more “No’s” in their quest than they desire.

Among the lest stressful jobs are:

1. Audiologist

2.  Dietitian

3. Software Engineer

4. Computer Engineer

5. Dental Hygienist

6. Speech Pathologist

7. Philosopher

8. Mathematician

9.  Occupational Therapist

10.  Chiropractor

Among those list with the most stress are:

1. Commercial Pilot

2. Public Relations Officer

3.  Corporate Executive (Senior)

4. Photojournalist

5. Newscaster

6. Advertising Account Executive

7. Architect

8. Stockbroker

9. Emergency Medical Technician

10. Real Estate Agent

There is probably disagreement as to what job is the most stressful or the least stressful and it probably doesn’t matter.   Most people are experiencing much more stress in their jobs.   It has been reported that more than 80% of people want to leave their job.   That is a huge number of people that could be exiting their current job in search of something better.   What is that better going to be?

According to a recent Atlantic Monthly article growth in jobs is going to come from two sectors, low wage jobs and jobs that are about creation.   Service sector jobs will include many low wage jobs, Fast Food, home health care, sales clerks, and personal care are going to increase in numbers and remain low wage jobs.

The creative jobs will continue to grow but also require substantially more education than farming, manufacturing or the service sector industries.  Farming and manufacturing will continue to dwindle in importance and the service sector industry will grow.  Among all the industries the service sector is the least likely to be exported overseas or replaced by technology.

How stressed are you?   What job do  you really want?  What would it take to get there?