Job Stress – Part One

23:18 20 March in Open Mind

Job Stress can be one of the most difficult experiences while at work and home. Many people say, “Everyone hates their job.” Well, that can be true for a lot of people but a lot of people do like their jobs. A lot of people actually love their jobs. It’s all relative.

How we choose to deal with our stress will dictate how we feel about it. Let’s say you work in an environment where management treats the staff poorly. Here are some examples:

  • working you too hard
  • attacking you on a personal level
  • crossing boundaries
  • not allowing you to have a lunch break
  • not allowing for breaks
  • being yelled at
  • being yelled at in front of other staff
  • working you overtime without pay

  • punishing you by overloading you with work
  • under paying you
  • paying you less than people with less experience and talent than you
  • paying you less because you are a female
  • sexual harassment
  • demeaning you
  • vilifying you
  • threats


Stress in the work environment can bring mental and physical symptoms. The medical community has been reporting for decades that stress can lead to mental and physical symptoms; after all, stress is your body reacting to situations. Mental symptoms are: anxiety, depression, emotions, inability to think, low self-esteem, low self-worth, etc.

Stress can affect every part of your body. Human beings are not equipped to deal with long-term stress.
(WebMD) Chronic long-term stress can lower your immune system leaving you open to:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Aches & pains
  • Tense muscles
  • Chest pain

  • Insomnia
  • Colds
  • Infections
  • Sexual problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw
  • Grinding teeth


Article on Web MD…

Leaders lead by example. Having people follow you out of fear is not a healthy environment as it can build resentments towards your supervisors, managers and the company. This is why companies who behave like this usually have a lot of turn-over, which is not a good sign and usually a red flag to stay away. When people quit their jobs because of how they are being treated, what they are essentially saying is “You’re fired! You are not good enough to be my boss and govern me.”

Either way, you might want to make a change because life is too short and you are too important.