We all deal with a certain level of stress both at home and in the workplace. However, some people suffer from ongoing, life altering work related stress issues without even knowing it. I’m listing a few ways that your job can stress you out, see if any of them sound familiar.
It’s common knowledge that most work-related stress comes from social interactions with your colleagues, superiors or customers.
- Your job involves dealing with customers non-stop, most of whom are angry, abusive and very demanding. You’re not in a position to change the way things work and can’t actually solve most of the problems these people have with the company you work for. You’re required to swallow your pride and face all of the abuse with professionalism.
- You’ve taken on a new job, but there’s no support system in place. You feel alone and lost, which creates immense stress and anxiety.
- You’ve been working very hard for years, doing everything that’s expected of you and then some, only to make your managers look good. You don’t receive enough (if any) credit for your work and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, no matter how hard you try.
- You work very hard, but aren’t involved in any decision making processes and have no room to express your creativity. A work-horse of sorts. This can be very mentally demanding and dulling.
- You’re often blamed for your boss’s mistakes, even if you’ve done nothing wrong. No one values your presence in the company and might even bully you by assigning impossible deadlines and verbally abusing you.
- You’re feeling burned out. This can happen to anyone, and the only cure is taking a long needed holiday and some regular time off.
- You’re expected to be available 24/7. This is quickly becoming a problem these days, mostly because technology has advanced so much recently with smart phones and other communication devices making us available anytime, anywhere.
The solutions to all of the above are different and depend entirely on your situation. It’s, however, important to recognize and acknowledge these problems first.