20 March 2007

Causes and Symptoms of Stress

When a person starts with a new job, the stress level is usually high. After some time, as he starts to get used to the job, the stress level would go down and eventually disappears. Some people are capable of withstanding high level of stress, some may not and could end up in the hospital. It depends much on how much experience and knowledge a person has.

As written in my earlier post, stress is much related to time. Other contributing factors that can worsen the situation are poor support from the employer, inexperienced or insufficient skill or knowledge in the related field, poor support from team members and personal problems. Looking at a wider scope, there are many other contributing factors to it;

  • Job related:
    Work conditions, use of new equipments, prolonged work pressure, new ways of doing things.
  • Career Development:
    Frustrations, lack of incentives, lack of appreciation, retrenchment.
  • Role Related:
    Frequent changes in role, dangerous or unsafe working environment.
  • Organizational Change:
    Change in organizational structure, new management, frequent take-overs, uncertainties.
  • Relationship:
    Conflict with colleagues, superiors, subordinates or people encountered at work.

Below is a list of symptoms that indicate that you are most likely under stress;

  • Anxiety
  • Aggressiveness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Depression
  • Excessive worries
  • Easily irritated
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration and motivation
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep disturbances

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