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  • New Bill Aims to Protect Social Workers’ Safety

    Good news for social and human service workers: Massachusetts’ governor is expected to sign a bill that aims to improve workplace safety for social workers. These workers face both physical and mental health issues every day they are on the job. And since these issues are beyond their control, it has been a challenge to create workplace safety programs that can effectively address these risks. Here’s the full news story from Madeleine Rivera of Hudson Valley.

  • Is Your Job the Most Stressful? Busting the Survey!

    With the economy the way it is today, it’s not at all surprising that people feel blessed to receive a paycheck once or twice a month. However, even if the paycheck can let you enjoy the lifestyle you’ve been used to, there’s a big chance that extra burdens are attached to it. Do we now have a world of “more money, more problems”? Well, it’s not at all news if we say this or that our job is pretty much stressful.

    Surprisingly though, we hail how stressful our jobs are. We want to let the world know that we’ve been working our butts out so hard for the sake of money. And when you ask who has the most stressful work, almost everyone’s going to go gaga on grabbing the trophy, as if it’s a real honor to have the most tiring and depressing job. So, when careercast.com released “America’s Most Stressful Jobs,” there were workers who were dubious about it.

    The thing is, measuring jobs by stress level can be very unreliable because stress, in the very first place, is subjective and always varies on a case-to-case basis. Particular circumstances, such as a difficult boss, a hateful co-worker, and the chance of being fired, and not the occupation itself causes stress.

  • What are the Most Stressful Jobs?

    At times, your job hasn’t paid enough for you to meet your monthly bills. You’ve been called stupid, idiot, and what not, many times for the work that you’ve slogged on. You’ve got yelled at, required to write promissory notes, or attended career development training or personality development. Whatever you’ve done in the name of the golden paycheck, you know you’ve gone through an avalanche of stress. Question is, has your job been included in America’s Most Stressful Jobs?

  • Cleaning Up the Stress Table

    You do love your job. Very much, actually. But, when you flip that love to the other side, you’d be looking at the smirking face of your boss who’s been giving you the hardest times of your life. Add to that the weight of the work you’ve got to deal with before the day ends. What could be worse than juggling a hundred balls with two hands?

    Before stress gets a hold of your paycheck — and eventually your physical and mental well-being — de-stress! At the end of the day, no one’s going to fight it but yourself. Your ability to deal with it is the thin line that separates success and failure of your career. And just because there are issues in your workplace that’s just out of your hands, does not mean that you’re totally powerless.

    Let’s first deal with your boss who’s been difficult since day one. If a one-to-one conversation isn’t going to happen really soon, you can show your boss how you love your job. Do things in advance. Never wait for the clock to tick past the deadline. In short, impress your boss by taking initiative. If this isn’t enough, you can follow one or more of these 7 Ways to Deal with Workplace Stress and Your Difficult Boss from Yahoo! Voices.

    Now, let’s fight off the stress of being overworked. One logical way to de-stress is to take a break. Your brain and body are like machines that you need to shut down once in a while to be able to function well. If this means getting enough sleep, then hit the bed at all costs. If you’ve got too much on your plate, prioritize. There are the “musts” and the “shoulds” — learn to distinguish between them. For a more comprehensive guide on reducing workplace stress, give a moment to read this post from Help Guide.

  • Workplace Stress: Getting Rid of It

    Some say stress is good. It keeps you active and motivated. But, when you become overstressed, it’s going to be a different story with your productivity. Before things get worse and you lose your monthly paycheck, learn how to fight stress. Here’s a comprehensive guide from Help Guide: Stress at Work: Tips to Reduce and Manage Job and Workplace Stress.

  • Be Safe at Work: The Battle with Stress

    Stress is the top workplace nemesis that makes you want to quit your job despite the piles of bills you’ve got to pay. Added to that, your boss is the accomplice who’s been making everything else more difficult. If not for the bills, you would have been long gone! So, how do you manage stress at your workplace? Here are 7 Ways to Deal with Stress and Your Difficult Boss from Yahoo! Voices.

  • Surviving the Graveyard Shift

    Because you’re breaking your body’s natural circadian rhythm (also known as the internal clock), working night shifts can get crazy, especially in the first few months. This is not to say that working at night is all bad; like every kind of job, there are pros and cons to it. Darwins Money of Wise Bread provides three tips: assess your personal situation, sleep consistently even on off days, and get help with sleep right away. These are elaborated in “How to Survive the Graveyard Shift (and Make Lots of Money).”

  • Working Through the Night

    As businesses continue to rise, competition has become tighter by the minute. As a result, more and more companies are running 24/7 for the sake of competitive advantage. Thus, vampire-like employees are born. Although these employees receive compensation on top of the regular salary, they are more vulnerable to health complications. Beth Benson discusses the disadvantages of working the graveyard shift and how to cope with the stress. Read more in “Graveyard Shift Landing People One Foot in the Grave.”

  • The Safety Risks You’re Exposed to at Work

    We try to finish college so we can land a high-paying job. We wake up each morning with the thought of how we’re going to get through the day at the office, how we can finally get a promotion and receive a higher salary. We go home not to relax, but to spend the whole night being bothered of how good (or bad) we did at work. Ladies and gents, don’t you know, we spend a roughly 90% of one year of our existence working for money! There’s actually no problem about it. After all, who doesn’t need money to survive? The thing is, has it ever crossed your mind whether or not you’re safe at work?

    There are different types of hazards that employees are exposed to depending mainly on the nature of their job. Occupational health, a branch in medicine that deals with possible safety risks in working environments, categorizes them into three: physical and mechanical, biochemical, and psychological.

    Among these three types, psychological hazards are the most ignored. If we only knew, intentional violence has been one of the major causes of workplace accidents, according to the Department of labor statistics. What does this tell us? Sometimes, peace of mind, stress, burnout and other psychological problems are too personal for employers to step in and care. It only means that employees, at this level, must take the responsibility. Although, we also have to take into account other psychological threats in which employers are expected to monitor and assess, such as bullying and sexual harassment.

    The safety hazard categories are fully discussed in “Is Your Workplace Safe?

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