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Avoid these six categories of workplace stress
Different people find different situations stressful, but some stressors transcend personal differences and affect a majority. Many such key job stresses are associated with these six categories.
Different people find different situations stressful, but some stressors transcend personal differences and affect a majority. Many such key job stresses are associated with these six categories:
1. Task designheavy workload; infrequent breaks; long work hours; shift work; and hectic and routine tasks that have little inherent meaning, don't use workers' skills, or provide little sense of control.
2. Management stylea lack of participation by workers in decision-making, poor communication within the organization, and a lack of family-friendly policies.
3. Interpersonal relationshipspoor social environment and lack of support or help from coworkers and supervisors.
4. Work rolesconflicting or uncertain job expectations or wearing too many hats.
5. Career concernsjob insecurity; lack of opportunity for growth, advancement, or promotion; or rapid changes for which workers feel unprepared.
6. Environmental conditionsunpleasant or dangerous physical conditions such as crowding, noise or air pollution, or ergonomic problems.
Do staff members in your practice face any of these challenges? Could you change your practice or team members' jobs to help avoid these potential problems? What else can you do to ease tension in your practice?
Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health