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the high cost of stress

” In today’s 24/7 society, work frequently intrudes in to employee’s personal lives during evenings, weekends, vacations and holidays. In fact, 83 percent of email users admit to checking their email daily while on vacation. Increasing work demands on employees have a significant impact on employers too — job stress costs U.S. businesses an estimated $300 billion per year through absenteeism, diminished productivity, employee turnover and direct medical, legal and insurance fees.”  APA

Some stress related facts:

Layoffs:  Research in the U.S. has found that workplace injuries and accidents tend to increase in organizations that are being downsized.

Workforce disengagement: Common job stressors such as perceived low rewards, a hostile work environment, and long hours can also accelerate the onset of heart disease, including the likelihood of heart attacks. This is particularly true for blue-collar and manual workers. Studies suggest that because these employees tend to have little control over their work environments, they are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those in traditional “white collar” jobs.

Continued work stress can lead to:  Burnout can lead to depression, which, in turn, has been linked to a variety of other health concerns such as heart disease and stroke, obesity and eating disorders, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Chronic depression also reduces your immunity to other types of illnesses, and can even contribute to premature death.

Source: APA

There is little doubt that the pace of our world today is driving up the rate of stress.  More workers out of work since the great depression and while things are slowly improving many people are underemployed or have given up even looking for work.   Unemployment only reports active cases, so unemployment while it may look like 9-10% is likely to be much higher.

Globalization continues to drive down costs in some economic sectors creating additional stress for those workers.

For some people jumping ship and creating a new career path is stressful considering the high cost of changing careers.   Some people will ride out their current career path until those jobs have been eliminated before deciding on their next course of action.

For some people it is the stress of getting a job and for others it is trying to find time for all the other things that should be part of the life package and that causes stress.  Perhaps it is having enough time for family and work crowds out those vital once in a lifetime experiences.  What is causing you the most stress?

What would you change if you could?