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Hello everyone, thank you for reading. This is my first posting and I would like to share about the stress we experience in the workplace. Do you feel like a jungle in your workplace? Have you been plagued by aching muscles, loss of appetite, restless sleep and a complete sense of exhaustion? Lets put it bluntly, do you hate waking up in the morning for work, moreover wish to run away from your office or superior whenever you have the opportunity. Have you noticed that you have become short-tempered and irritable and need to take a long vacation in a “far far away” land? If you have most of the above symptoms, YOU ARE STRESS!

First of all, what is job stress in today’s workplace? I have come across many different definitions and I believe the most accurate one is this. “Job stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker”. Please don’t get confuse between the above concepts with challenge, because the both is not the same. I have personally experience some of my work colleagues complaining that they are so stressful because their superior have given them a new challenging project/task, which I believe is wide of the mark. Challenge energises us psychologically and physically and it motivates us to learn new skills and master our job. When a challenge is met, we feel relaxed and satisfied. Thus, challenge is an important ingredient for healthy and productive work. I believe workers like us get stress when our skills can’t meet the job demands and relaxation has turned to exhaustion and a sense of satisfaction has turn into feelings of pressure.

I am sure most of us wish to know why much of the stress we experience in our workplace may be organisationally induced. Globally, the nature of work is changing at whirlwind speed. Everyday, new technology is growing like the speed of a “formula one car” and the demand for us to catch up; moreover build our skills is so exhausting. Sometime I wish we could transform our brain into a computer hard drive, and then we are able to increase our memory space by adding additional bytes and ram for speed, not forgetting the new programs to add on to our new skill. Perhaps now more than ever before, job stress poses a threat to our health, in turn, to our family and the organisation we work for. Frankly, no one can run away from stress but sometime a little bit of stress in good for us. Little stress can help use get going and do all sorts of good things for our body and mind, moreover keep us alive. Stress improves our memory and enhances our immune system, moreover get our heart rate going and get our energy mobilised. But too much can kill us. The only thing we need to fight to survive in a jungle like working environment is to control and manage our stress level. Therefore, we need some tips as workers to crave a saner path and outlines steps that can be taken to prevent and overcome job stress. I will gradually try to highlight most of the culprits that tend to induce job stress and the tips to overcome them, in my upcoming posts. So please stay tune to my next post.

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