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Chapter Fourteen Responding to Personal and Work Related Stress Chapter Preview Responding to Personal and Work Related Stress Major personal and work related causes of stress Warning signs of too much stress Stress management strategies Stress related psychological disorders and therapy options Copyright Houghton Mifflin Company All rights reserved 14 2 The Stress Factor in Your Life Stress is the behavioral adjustment to change that affects you psychologically and physically Stress can come from your environment body and mind Stress can be a powerful stimulus for growth if it motivates you to do your best The most common type of stress comes from our minds through negative thinking and faulty reasoning Copyright Houghton Mifflin Company All rights reserved 14 3 Total Person Insight Most people seem to agree that these are high pressure times Employees complain of being burned out Used up Overloaded Too many of us are just plain tired overdosed on change sick of ambiguity and uncertainty Price Pritchett and Ron Pound Authors The Stress of Organizational Change Copyright Houghton Mifflin Company All rights reserved 14 4 Responding to Stress Three elements of stress the stressor perception of it and response to it Attempt to respond in ways that help you establish mental physical and emotional balance Our natural response to stress is called the fight or flight syndrome Syndrome causes us physical and mental health problems today Copyright Houghton Mifflin Company All rights reserved 14 5 Major Causes of Stress Change Technostress Noise pollution Long hours irregular schedules Incompetent leaders Work and family transitions Copyright Houghton Mifflin Company All rights reserved 14 6 Change Many companies do not consider the impact of change on employees Companies should try to help employees balance job change with personal and family life Surrendering to change demands a higher level of adaptability to our everchanging workplace Copyright Houghton Mifflin Company



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