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Conditions that May Lead to Stress in the Workplace

September 1, 1999
To help prevent stress for employees, you have to know what to look for. The following are signs of a stressful environment. 

The Design of Tasks
Heavy workload, infrequent rest breaks, long work hours and shiftwork; hectic and routine tasks that have little inherent meaning, do not use workers’ skills, and provide little sense of control.
Management Style 
Lack of participation by workers in decision making, poor communication in the organization, lack of family-friendly policies.
Interpersonal Relationships
Poor social environment and lack of support or help from co-workers and supervisors.
Work Roles 
Conflicting or uncertain job expectations, too much responsibility, too many “hats to wear.”
Career Concerns
Job insecurity and lack of opportunity for growth, advancement, or promotion; rapid changes for which workers are unprepared.
Environmental Conditions
Unpleasant or dangerous physical conditions such as crowding, noise, air pollution, or ergonomic problems.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Workforce, September 1999, Vol 78, No 9, p. 50  Subscribe Now!