Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Is Your Job a 'Stressfest'? These Strategies Can Help

Stress in the workplace has reached epidemic proportions, according to author and stress management consultant G. Gaynor McTigue. While some jobs tend to be more stressful than others, no industry is immune to the "rampant" stress McTigue sees in today's workplace -- from the factory floor to the corner cubicle.

"Because of the tight economy today, companies are trying to get more out of their workers, thinking in the long run that it will make them more profitable," McTigue said. "My feeling is they're going to be less profitable because when you have stressed-out workers you have more absenteeism, more sick days, more disgruntled workers and high turnover. And as a result of the increased sick days, you have higher health insurance premiums."

Add to that any stress that workers are experiencing at home. McTigue believes that stress at home and stress on the job tend to work synergistically. (Via Occupational Hazards)

Stressed Worker - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics


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