Stress in the Workplace

Stress in the Workplace
Felicia Wimberly
Foundations for General Education and Professional Success (GEN 200)
June 21, 2010
Professor Angela Oleson


Current economic times and the dwindling of resources have increased the amount of stress in the workplace.   Employees are no longer able to walk away from a job and readily find another one due to the lack of available jobs within the economy.   Employers realize this factor although unfair and often times capitalize on it.   This realization forces the employees to work through circumstances such as:   ineffective management and lazy fellow employees, who in the past they might have resigned from any job structured inadequately.   But if they want to continue to receive a paycheck they have to find a way to deal with the extenuating circumstances thus causing work related stress because the employee feels helpless with no way out.   This type of work induced stress effects not only the employee but the company as whole because the company is no longer receiving the employee’s best his productivity will dwindle due to lack of support from management.   So the company will achieve below par work production from any employee under extreme stress (i.e. excess absences, health problems). (Hinton, 2010).   It is important that companies pay attention to stress indicators and make the necessary adjustments to help their employees reduce their stress level.

Stress in the Workplace
Stress is a state of physiological imbalance in the body which has unpleasant emotional and cognitive components.   When a person is stressed, the brain releases powerful hormones called glucocorticoids which are meant to operate for a short period of time (Hussin, 2008).   So any prolonged stress or frequent periods of stress are harmful to the body.   Workplace stress is leading more people to engage in counterproductive workplace behaviors (Arellano, 2007).   Meeting deadlines, companies downsizing and the feeling that workers have...