Job Stress Essay

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Over the past few decades, many people are hearing more about job related stress. With many households depending on duel incomes, people are working more and having less leisure time. Many claim that job stress has contributed to such illnesses as heart disease, depression, gastric problems, exhaustion, and many other related illnesses.
This paper will focus on the background issues surrounding stress; as well as, the steps that need to be taken by one’s self and the employer.
According to The Random House Dictionary, stress is defined as “physical, mental, or emotional tension.'; Job stress occurs when demands are imposed upon the workers in which they can not meet those demands, or when there are not
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Sometimes, the stress symptoms will disappear or lessen (Bensahel et al.,
1984, p. 135).
The first stage of stress is mild and usually is accompanied by “1. Great zest 2. Unusually acute perception
3. Excessive nervous energy and ability to accomplish more
King 3 work than usual'; (Bensahel et al., 1984, p. 135). During this stage, it is so pleasant that they want to maintain it.
Unfortunately, it must be considered an early warning sign that energy reserves are being drawn down (Bensahel et al.,
1984, p. 135).
During the second stage of recognizing stress, some of the more unpleasant effects begin to appear. Energy reserves usually do not last through the day. Some of the symptoms include tiredness early in the day, heart flutters and/or disturbance of bowel and stomach functions, tightness occurring in back and head muscles, and not being to relax
(Bensahel et al., 1984 p. 136).
Tiredness becomes more apparent in the third stage.
There is more disturbance in bowel functions as well as stomach pain. Muscles become more tight and there is an increased feeling of tenseness. Individuals usually experience sleep problems and have a feeling of faintness.
For individuals suffering stress to this stage, medical attention is advisable. Unless one reduces the demands causing stress, more serious problems will arise in the later stages (Bensahel et al., 1984 p. 136).
At stage
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