Stress-related tension (distress) can create negative physical symptoms like elevated blood pressure, headaches, upset stomachs, skin problems and chest pain. It can lead to heart issues, diabetes, arthritis and depression. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has officially declared stress a hazard at the workplace. Once an employee becomes disengaged from their work, everyone suffers. When an employee doesn’t see opportunity for growth, job flexibility and a defined purpose, the company ends up paying. In fact, $300 billion dollars has been lost due to stress related health problems and absenteeism.
How does a person find a job that takes the negative stress down a notch? Start by doing your research before taking a job. In your pursuit of happiness, choose the industry you want to be in, understand the pay structure, ensure the location is in a city you want to reside in and, most important of all, take responsibility for your well-being, both physically and emotionally.
Reduce stress by exercising, eating small but frequent meals, avoid alcohol and nicotine, and sleep. Also, create a schedule, don’t over-commit, leave earlier in the morning to start your day off right and take regular breaks during work hours.
Software developers are considered the happiest, according to the survey. Could it be because they make over $90,000 a year? Perhaps. And, even though hairstylists make an average of $22,000/yr., they top the least stressed list. Check out these stats on workplace stress and consider moving in the direction of one of these happiest and least stressful jobs to keep you healthy and happy.
This infographic was developed by Job-Applications.com.