Workplace pressure is increasing. According to this Business News Daily post, an Accountemps study revealed that more than half of U.S. workers say their work-related stress levels have increased over the last five years. This is particularly true of younger workers, who are 5% more prone to feeling stressed at work than those ages 35 to 54. Many things are to blame for this stress, including sizable workloads, pressure-filled deadlines, unrealistic expectations from bosses, and an unfulfilled desire to achieve healthy work-life balance.
The reason for heightened stress amongst young workers may result from a perceived need to prove their worth to their employers. Another suggestion is that younger people may be more comfortable admitting to their stress. Others say that a leading factor may be that their life experiences to this point have not readied them for the rigors and harsh realities of employment.
According to the American Psychological Association, work-related stress can lead to headaches, stomachaches, sleep disturbances, short tempers, anxiety, insomnia, depression, obesity and heart disease.
Stress in the workplace can have other damaging effects, such as stifling creativity and risk aversion. When performing under pressure we shift into survival mode, resulting in a much harder time thinking creatively. Employees who are conditioned to work under stressful conditions are afraid of the consequences of bad decisions and will hesitate to make constructive suggestions.
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