The Costs of Job Stress and How to Combat

 

There are certainly a ton of stressors out there that can make life challenging, but job stress likely leads the pack for most of us. The costs of job stress can be deafening. Afterall, you probably spend 40-80 hours working a week, making a living, surrounded by stress .

In the U.S. job stress is the top dog. The stress from your job has a trickle down effect to other facets of your life.

Top 5 Causes of Stress

 

1) Job Pressure

If you ever heard the phrase, “Do more with less” run for the hills. That equals we’re going to work you to the bone, and don’t ask for a penny more.

Other factors causing job stress include bosses who micro-manage or are professional meeting attendee’s. If they’re in your face or you can never find them (if you need them) this can be stressful.

The inability to get along with your fellow employees can certainly increase your stress levels.

Work Overload can generate incredible stress. The kind where you come home at night, fall asleep within an hour, wake up to do it all over again. That schedule can paralyze you after a while.

2) Money

It makes the world go around. It also causes people to go crazy. There never seems to be enough of it for the majority.

This usually relates directly to job stress. I don’t hear many say, “I’m so overpaid” too often. If your perception is you’re underpaid to make ends meet, the stress meter usually lands hard right.

3) Health

If all you do is work and still there isn’t enough money, here come the health problems. Oh, they might not be immediate, but that stress is taking a toll. Eating on the go, not time to exercise, consistently living at 100mph. It’s a recipe for disaster.

4) Relationships

You see where this going. You know it, and you live it. If the three above are in a spiral, your relationships usually suffer immensely. It can take the face of constantly arguing or shutting down.

5) Poor Nutrition

Always on the go is generally associated with poor eating habits. The #5 large with a diet coke, order through the drive thru won’t lead to competing in the Olympics. Eating poorly is the cherry on the top off this stress cycle.

The Google Way

You know them, you love them. You’re company probably doesn’t have a 380 billion dollar market cap, but this how the big boys help their employees deal with stress.

Open physical space for collaboration
Free yoga and pilates classes
Subsidized massages
Your own personal health counselor
Free Food
Fitness Facilities
On-Site Doctors
Laundry Rooms

“You don’t need a lot of money to do what Google has done. If you give people freedom, they will amaze you.”
Laszlo Bock

Well you do need a lot of money, but most large companies could do something close. Most small businesses don’t have anything in place, and they could also set up programs that wouldn’t break the bank. They just have to make it happen.

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How Employees Can Reduce Stress

Time Management – Write down what you do for a week. Yes, everything. Then see where you’re spending too much time, or not enough. Create balance and your efficiency will rise.

Have a few go-to people – You need to consistently “get it out” and vent. Having people you trust that will listen and make suggestions is very important. A sounding board if you will.

Eat, Sleep, and Exercise – Find a way to do all three correctly. Limit your eating out, find 15-30 minutes to exercise per day, and get at least 6-8 hours. When these three things are out of whack, your overall stress is amplified.

So are you stressed? What do you do to temper your stress?

 

The Cost of Job Stress
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Pinterest is a Bigger Influencer Than You Think

 

Any fellow Pinterest addicts out there? The first step is admitting that you have a problem, and I definitely do. When I’ve exhausted checking Facebook, Instagram, and a parenting message board that I frequent, Pinterest in my next stop. And then the next thing I know, it’s four hours later, my mouth is watering with visions of desserts and delicious recipes and my wallet is cringing at the impending trip to Hobby Lobby for craft supplies.

Pinterest has done a lot of things right in its first few years. It has gained a huge following, opened itself up to businesses, and launched very user friendly mobile apps so that people can use the site on the go. While the network is not free of all Internet issues (think spam) it’s definitely a great example of a company that is run really, really well.

When you think about it, Pinterest is genius for everyone involved. Designed to be an online bulletin board, it’s perfect for users to keep track of recipes, craft ideas, decorating inspiration, and so much more. But it also drives traffic to websites. When you click “see more” you’ll visit an actual website. This has been a boon for many small blogs and companies that might not have gained exposure otherwise.

In light of all of this info, it should come as no surprise that Pinterest is the second largest referrer of web traffic when it comes to social media. Eclipsed only by Facebook and its more than one billion users, Pinterest is really in a league of its own when it comes to referral traffic. According to Mashable, Pinterest drives more traffic than the four other major social networks (LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter, and Google +) combined. I particularly love Pinterest because the traffic is primarily organic and sites are getting people to click through because they are genuinely interested in what they are seeing.

There’s no doubt that Pinterest is a juggernaut when it comes to the Internet. I’m interested to see what the company will do next.

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Maddie Heinen is a regular contributor to ChamberofCommerce.com. She is a freelance writer who specializes in blogging, content creation, and social media. When she is not working, she is taking care of her two kids, husband, and home in Central Florida. Maddie enjoys reading, shopping, and is interested in real estate. She is currently working on establishing her own internet-based media company, Red Hibiscus Media, which will specialize in both online content as well as print material.

Does Your Business Need a Mobile App?

 

It’s no secret that a vast majority of people access the Internet on a regular basis from a mobile device. There are so many different kinds of tablets and smartphones, it’s mind-boggling! Of course, there’s Apple’s cult-like following with the iPhone, iPad, and iPad mini. But Google and its Nexus line and a seemingly endless amount of phones and tablets that are outfitted with the Android OS are big players in the mobile market as well.

While many people use Internet applications like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer to access websites or mobile sites, apps are arguably the easiest way for smartphone and tablet users to get information. Consider all of the big companies that have apps – Ebay, Etsy, Pinterest, Facebook, Amazon…the list is nearly endless. Apps have the ability to gain a cult-like following as well, take for example apps like Candy Crush Saga or Draw Something.

So does your small business or website need a mobile app? Here are some reasons you should definitely consider developing one:

  1. People ALWAYS have their phone (or tablet) – I don’t know about you, but my iPhone is my constant companion. If I realize that I’ve left it somewhere, I feel like I’m on stage naked; I really don’t know what to do without it. There are many benefits to having an app but the most important one is that it makes it so that your customers or followers have access to your business just about any time, anywhere.
  2. An app can help you stay ahead of your competition – while there are hundreds of thousands of apps available for all mobile platforms, far from every company has one. Making your company or website more easily accessible than that of your competitors can put you ahead. Developing an app yourself or having one developed for you can be relatively inexpensive. Getting in with an app now, before your competitors, can make your business or website the go-to place.
  3. You can make more money – having an app can generate revenue from a different source. In addition to current customers or readers downloading your app, you may find that people discover your company by just browsing apps.
  4. You’re less likely to get tossed in a junk “pile” – sending info to your customers or followers via an app can be more productive than sending email or physical advertising collateral. Plus, an app won’t be seen or mistaken for spam like an email.
  5. An app can be superior to a mobile site – one big perk of having an app is that apps can run without an Internet connection. Many people choose to only use their phone or tablet when they have access to Wi-Fi in order to cut down on data usage. An app can be opened any time without necessarily needing a web connection. Apps are also always available on a user’s home screen, while they have to take time and make an effort to go to a website.

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.