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Career and Stress August 8, 2007

Filed under: Career & Workplace,Work/Family Balance — erinkennedy @ 2:19 pm
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** Found this very interesting and true, here is an excerpt from an article called:

A CAREER KILLER CALLED STRESS

According to the Globe and Mail article, A career killer called stress by Wallace Immen, “Almost one in four Canadians believes stress has kept them from moving ahead at work, a study finds. A survey sponsored by Toronto-based Multi-Health Systems Inc., and conducted by Leger Marketing has found that one in four Canadians believes stress has kept them from moving ahead at work.

Quoted in the article, Dr. Steven Stein, stated, “People have longed talked about the effects of stress on our physical and emotional well-being, but the study shows it can not only make work difficult and less satisfying, it can also literally impede a career.”

Further, the poll found that almost one in four – 22 percent – of Canadians believes stress has kept them from moving ahead in their organization, 30 percent say it has prevented them from being recognized for their contribution at work.

Among the factors behind those numbers: 56 percent of the 1,729 office workers surveyed said they feel that stress regularly prevents them from being as productive as they would like; 52 percent said it negatively affects their relationships with co-workers; and 51 percent said it cuts down their decision-making ability. Over all, 82 percent of respondents said they experience stress in their work and home life, and 41 per cent said it is frequent.”

This leads to a wide range of career-dampening problems:

“Physical symptoms: Respondents blamed regular headaches, indigestion, constipation, fatigue and insomnia on stress.”

“Psychological problems: Anxiety, defensiveness, irritability or anger toward co-workers or family and feelings of being helpless were also blamed on stress.”

“Behavioral traits: Impatience, procrastination, temper, withdrawal or a reluctance to take on more responsibility came with the stress territory.”

However, all does not have to be lost to stress. Career experts say that if you get more in tune with your natural inclinations of style and approach to work, your job will naturally become less stressful for you – and that will clear a path for advancement.

You can read the full article at: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=fg5didcab.0.hhdsidcab.erbwnvn6.927&ts=S0265&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fservlet%2Fstory%2FLAC.20070801.STRESS01%2FTPStory%2F%2F%3FpageRequested%3D1

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