Workers across America will tell you that stress
levels are increasing. The demand for anti-
depressants is up. Doctor's visits are
increasing. Stress-related ailments are shooting
up like a rocket.
There are many stressors behind all these
problems, but the gurus generally classify the
stress itself into three categories.
Understanding the major types is the first step to
controlling stress and improving productivity.
1. Acute Stress. This kind of stress is caused
by recent events. It is significant but
temporary. Small doses can result in positive
reactions: the adrenalin rush and feelings of
elation can motivate achievement. Too much, too
often results in headaches, backaches, upset
stomach, and other tension-related responses.
2. Episodic Acute Stress. This type stress is
caused by frequent exposure to stressors. These
people are generally over committed, lack the time
and ability to accomplish everything, and they
often find themselves at odds with coworkers.
This is much more serious than the first kind.
Irritability turns to anger, occasional tension
headaches become frequent migraines, heart
palpitations lead to chest pain, and high anxiety
becomes a way of life.
3. The third category is chronic stress. This is
related to the others but carries none of the
thrill or adrenalin rush found with acute stress.
The long-term nature of chronic stress is such
that people actually become accustomed to the
stressors and accept them as a way of life; they
see no escape from poverty, job mismatches,
abusive situations, or physical hardships.
What kind of stress do you observe in your
workplace? Are some of your people plagued with
tension headaches and back aches? Are some of
them even more stressed, displaying anger and
migraines? Or, do you have some people who are so
far over the edge that they have basically given
up hope as characterized by chronic stress?
How much is all of this costing your company? Good
leaders recognize the effects of stress and
understand that it costs a lot in medical
benefits, insurance costs, absenteeism, workers
comp, accidents, quality, productivity, and
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Dale Collie - professional speaker, former
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