Stress Less: Weathering the Workplace Storm - A presentation on Stress in the workplace

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Stress- It's said to be America's #1 Health Problem. We see game shows, reality shows, sitcoms, and video games that are primarily based on putting people in stressful situations. Slowly but surely stress becomes a ritual for human begins. We begin to adapt and notice less and less what type of damage is being done to ourselves. The problem then becomes; what causes the stress in our us, how does it affect our lives, and how do we handle it?

The information presented today is intended to explore stress further in detail and suggest coping skills needed in the modern workplace.

Research for this presentation was gathered from books written by respected researchers in the field. Also to better understand the stressors that effect local people here in Michigan, a survey was distributed here at Macomb Community College and also on the internet. Time restraints and a sample group of only 40 respondents to the survey keep the information basic, but essential.

So then, what is stress exactly? A general definition would be - an unpleasant state that happens when we feel strained to meet the demands placed upon us. So JOB STRESS would mean it's the destructive responses that happen when the requirements of your job duties do not match your capabilities or needs as a worker. In a survey conducted by James Humphrey, who is a notable author in the area of stress, there are four common words that people use to describe job stress

1. Pressure , 2. Tension, 3. Frustration, and 4. Strain. Although there is said to be positive stress, from the results it would seem that most people relate stress to something negative. We all react and respond differently to given situations, we are all unique, that's why it's important to understand some...