Overwhelming Workload Stressing Out Working Women
CareerWomen.com Survey Finds Top Job Stressors and Tips for Coping
More than 80 percent of working women are stressed out as a result of work related issues according to a new survey released by CareerWomen.com today. Women that responded to the poll revealed that most of their stress was a result of ineffective co-workers, too many unproductive meetings and difficult client or office situations.
"Stress has a debilitating effect on productivity," said JillXan Donnelly, President of CareerWomen.com. "With reduced staffs, higher expectations and slim margins, we are finding increased burnout and a decrease in job satisfaction. As a result, stress-coping strategies are a requirement for every working woman who wants to make a meaningful contribution to her company."
According to one respondent, "The economic downturn required us to cut staff so we all had to pick up the slack. I'm doing the job of two to three people, which means more travel, more clients, more meetings - you get the picture. Try that with two kids, a husband, a house...I'm burnt out!"
Women from across the U.S. responded with their tips on dealing with workplace stress. The top five include:
- De-clutter your office: an unorganized office can make you feel more stressed.
- Seize the weekend: Use your downtime to recharge, exercise and connect with family and friends.
- More water, less caffeine: Keeping hydrated improves your sense of well-being and helps you to relax.
- Get more sleep: Being well-rested helps with coping. Try to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
- Talk about your stress: Find a friend that can lend a supportive and sympathetic ear.