Stress and Its Impact on the Modern Workplace

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Stress and Its Impact on the Modern Workplace Daniel McCarthy The Pennsylvania State University Abstract One thing is shared among all employees throughout the world. No matter the country, the industry, or even level of responsibility, stress has been and will always be an influential force within organizations across the globe. There are many theories of what causes stress and techniques that can be employed to try and lessen the effects of stress. This paper will explore the various types of stress and how they affect employees, both negatively and also positively. In the end, the organizations themselves are responsible for the way their employees are affected by this epidemic. Certain measures should be taken to ensure employee well being, while also maintaining the corporate goals of a profitable company. There is one thing that is shared among all employees throughout the world. No matter the country, the industry, or even level of responsibility, stress has been and always will be an influential force within organizations across the globe. There are many theories of what causes stress and techniques that can be employed to try and lessen the effects of stress. This paper will explore the various types of stress, causes and solutions of stress, and the financial and managerial implications stress has within organizations. Stress has become an epidemic that businesses have to cope with daily in order to maintain their employee health and morale. “Occupational stress has been recognized as a major health issue for modern work organizations. Conditions of the workplace have been shown to lead to negative emotional reactions, physical health problems in both the short term and the long term and counterproductive behavior at work” (Spector, 2002). Throughout time there have been different theories presented to offer solutions to this growing problem,

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