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Stress treadmill at the workplace goes in overdrive

Stress treadmill at the workplace goes in overdrive
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First Published: Mon, May 14 2007. 12 49 PM IST
Updated: Mon, May 14 2007. 12 49 PM IST
New Delhi: We all know that stress is a confirmed killer. It affects the mental, emotional, psychological and sexual health of the affected individual. In recent years, as technology has invaded our lives and made things seemingly simple, our stress levels have only escalated. From certain obvious professions, personality types and situations, it has turned into a generalized phenomena, spreading its tentacles slowly and surely across all sectors.
According to a study done by Assocham amongst imember companies, the top ten sectors in which stress and mental fatigue have intensified in top and middle positions include construction, shipping, banking, medicine (especially government hospitals), star trading houses, electronics and print media, courier companies, SSI, retail and card franchise companies which deliver on deadlines.
Senior executives like civil engineers, architects, contractors, engineer officers, masters in various departments, Branch and Marketing Managers, doctors, production managers, quality controllers, editors, reporters, copy writers, operations and marketing managers, quality controllers, supervisors and sales and marketing managers are succumbing to stress and depression, with an increasing dependence on anti-depressants and mood elevators.
Stress inducers
* Scheduled time period for completion of targets and projects
* Overloaded work pressures throughout the year
* High demand for performance
* Working conditions that do not conform to basic standards of comfort
* Shortage of staff
* Threats from competitors
The SSI Sector which is growing @ 10-11% and with over 125 lakh SSI units in India, most SSI units are not functioning properly and are facing tough competition from large manufacturers and exporters in view of lack of funds, infrastructure facilities and total number of employees. To meet targeted production and exports, employees of these SSI units are working more than 15-16 hours. This affects their mental health and is the main reason for stress. Ditto for retail sector.
Stress busters
* Employers to set up Rest Rooms
* Day care centres for babies, gyms and regular medical check ups
* Employees to learn relaxation techniques—such as meditation, biofeedback, deep breathing or yoga-for 15 to 20 minutes during the work day
* Sensitize employees to manage their time better
* Incentives that reward performance
* Having cost effective retreats where apart from work there is a leisure agenda
* Instal employer friendly equipment which does not intimidate
* Reduce internal paper work and form filling
* Have more of interpersonal communication to set targets/reviews/resolve issues
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First Published: Mon, May 14 2007. 12 49 PM IST