Although stress certainly isn’t fun, if you’re among the 42 percent of respondents who have indicated they left a job due to an overly stressful environment, at least you’re not alone.
According to the new Monster survey, more than half of respondents (55 percent) said they experience very stressful lives and that number increases to 57 percent as it relates to work-related stress.
Breaking it down even further, 40 percent of participants in the survey said the biggest culprit is — you guessed it — their relationship with their boss. Unfortunately, if you’ve experienced results of stress, you’re probably nodding in agreement. Stress has made almost two-thirds of respondents get sick and seven percent actually had to be hospitalized due to work-related agita! (Yes, we just said agita. You know that stomach-in-knots feeling, clenched fists in tow, unsettling source of stress? Sigh, we do, too.)
The majority (80 percent) experienced “somewhat severe illnesses” which included having to miss time at the office. We mustn’t ignore this missed time at the office also means missed time in personal lives; 84 percent claimed work stress has negatively impacted their lives as a whole.
Now that we can all agree how stress can negatively impact our lives, what can we do about it?
Per their press release, Mary Ellen Slayter, career advice expert for Monster, explained, “Workplace stress can come from any part of a job and triggers are different for everyone, so finding a true solution to stress tends to require a personalized approach. While every job will come with a degree of stress it is important to act if it becomes unmanageable.”
Her advice? Track your stress levels and look for common triggers. Although work may fall into a big bucket of anxiety, there could be several contributing factors that you can isolate such as the commute, your boss and your workload.
The good news? Once they’re identified, she mentioned there may be simple solutions like “making adjustments to an unbalanced schedule or ensuring you always take a break at lunchtime.”
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