Causes of Workplace Stress

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Causes of Workplace Stress

There are many factors that can exacerbate the causes of stress in the workplace. The challenges faced by people in the workplace make the job more exciting and interesting. However, there are challenges that can also have negative effects. The normal reaction to stress is tension, anxiety and excitement and work-life goes back to normal after a while. If however, the stress becomes overwhelming or if it happens too often, there can be a problem getting back to the normal state and one is no longer able to relax. The most common causes of stress in the workplace are the following:
• Demands at work become too extreme or excessive
• There is disproportion between the workload and the abilities of the
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• Work bullies or co-workers who make life miserable for you can also be a cause of workplace stress.
• Job stress for women can also be caused by sexual harassment from colleagues or superiors. The constant worry and isolation gives so much tension to a female employee leading to a hostile work environment. This is a situation in which one is forced to deal with an intimidating and offensive workplace everyday. This affects the ability to perform and to grow and be given credit in one’s chosen career. Success and advancement becomes hard, making the female worker frustrated and unsatisfied.
One of the worst causes of stress in almost all workplace is a hostile working environment that can come as a result of workplace bullying, sexual harassment or discrimination. These problems can only be solved if a worker is well aware of her rights and if the company or the organization has provided a proper forum that will address and solve such problems.

In the workplace, stress can be the result of any number of situations. Some examples include:
Categories of Job Stressors Examples
Factors unique to the job • workload (overload and underload)
• pace / variety / meaningfulness of work
• autonomy (e.g., the ability to make your own decisions about our own job or about specific tasks)
• shiftwork / hours of work
• physical environment (noise, air quality, etc)
• isolation at the workplace
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