Friday, February 23, 2018

Job stress can lead to poor health

Work is changing for all Americans across the county with layoffs Stress is a part of life. People say that it's not want you do in life as much as how you react to things that happen around you. Most of us need to hold a job our entire adult life and want to be able to handle the issues that job stress brings.

Work is changing for all Americans across the country with layoffs, downsizing and budget cuts. Job stress has affected companies, large and small, and poses a health risk to many workers in a variety of settings. With our unstable economy, many of us are either not taking an early retirement or must return to work to pay bills. So the stress that younger workers usually experience is being felt by the older generation for a longer period of time.

When workers start to report that their jobs are "very stressful or extremely stressful," or that "they often become burned out by their work," you have to worry what it is doing for their overall health.

Stress, combined with poor dietary habits that usually accompany it, can cause inflammation within our bodies. Inflammation can, and does, cause many of the health difficulties we experience today.

Many workers view their job as the No. 1 stressor in their life. Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than any other life stressor even more than financial or family problems. Job stress can lead to poor health habits, illness and potential injury. Many times, this happens when the requirements of the job do not match the employee's capabilities, resources or needs. Job dissatisfaction, absenteeism and poor morale can be the start of job stress being directly embedded into their company environment.

Some of the health risks that are related to job stress are mood and sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, upset stomach, headaches, back and neck problems, relationship issues, depression, along with a host of medical diagnoses directly related to the stress that the person is under. Inflammation is the No. 1 cause of many of our current medical problems.

Healthy organizations care about their employees and look for ways to improve their working environment. When management incorporates positive actions that are consistent with their organizational value, the rate of injuries improve, workers become more productive and they experience lower turnover rates.

There are benefits offered in many businesses and organizations, however, stress management training should be given top priority. Stress reduction should be as important to them as the "bottom line."

If you need help developing a program, get help. The training program should include managers and employees. No one is immune to stress. Remember, when the top management commits and supports the program, it works.

"Job Stress Training & Prevention" should be seen as a continuous process within a successful organization.

By Susan M. Poore, R.N., C.N.C., Balanced Health 101