Do you regularly come home from work with jangled nerves and an upset stomach because of the attitudes of those around you? Do you work long hours without recognition? Does your manager belittle you? Are you passed over for promotions? In short, is your workplace making you sick?
You are not alone. According to studies commissioned by Northwestern National Life Insurance, 1 out of every 3 employees reports a high level of workplace stress, while 1 out of every 4 says that their workplace stresses them out more than any other thing in their lives. The problem is increasing daily. A Princeton study finds that nearly 3/4 of all workers believe that there is more stress in the workplace now than there was a generation ago.
A lot depends on the attitudes of those around you. Work gets a lot more stressful if your boss or coworkers don’t respect you. An unfair workplace is an unhealthy workplace.
Chronic workplace stress increases your risk for coronary heart disease. It may also disrupt your sleep, weaken your immune system, and give you constant headaches. The health management company StayWell found that stress was the most costly health risk factor to companies and employees, even exceeding such risk factors as smoking and being overweight. There has to be a better way to live.
One of the best ways to escape a toxic work environment is to change jobs. This may be the time to begin training toward a new career. Alternately, upgrading your credentials will help you find a better job in your chosen career stream. Self-training through distance education helps you get back control over your own life. There’s nothing better to improve your work environment and reduce workplace stress.