The Cause of Stress

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Many companies have long contended that stress in the home causes productivity loss in the marketplace -- and it does. But research now reveals that stress on the job causes stress at home. In other words, they feed off each other.

In this hurry-hurry world of ours, competition to remain competitive is an ongoing challenge. How do we increase productivity and reduce stress in both places?

The solution begins with sensitivity. Research identifies the fact that workers have three prime needs: interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. If you look at those three things, you'll discover that what the workers are saying is: "Treat me like a person, a human being, not like a number on the payroll. Make me feel important, and when you do, you'll discover that I will be a more relaxed, happier employee. As a result, my productivity will go up. My sick days from stress and stress-induced illness will decline. When all of those things happen, I will arrive home at the end of the day a more contented individual, more apt to function well as a mate or parent, and handle my personal responsibilities with more efficiency."

What all this really means is that the individual will have a better balance in his or her life. A balanced life reduces stress. Feelings of guilt, which accompany failure either at home or on the job, will be reduced. Let's make others feel important, whether on the job or at home. If we do, that will give everyone something to smile about.



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