According to the World Health Organization, “work-related stress is the response people may have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope. Stress occurs in a wide range of work circumstances but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues, as well as little control over work processes.” Job stress can result from factors related to work content (monotony, workload/pace, working hours, etc.) and work context (career development, job instability, poor relationships with colleagues, unclear or conflicting roles, etc.). Forces like globalization, aging and technology, as well as economic, political and environmental crises, also play an important role in the high levels of stress now seen in workforces around the world.
Employers are increasingly recognizing that it is crucial to include stress and resiliency initiatives as part of their overall well-being programs, as well as offering work/life balance opportunities such as flex time, child and elder care programs and remote working. Manager training as well as processes and procedures that recognize the importance of positive emotional well-being play a key role in combatting stress as well.
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