Occupational Stress | Meaning and Definition

What is Occupational Stress?

It is a word that is often used in the professional business world to describe the continual or progressive stress that a person feels as a result of their job obligations, circumstances, surroundings, or other factors. Occupational stress can take many forms, depending on the individual person, their work function, the corporate culture, and other factors. 


While the causes of occupational stress differ from person to person, it’s vital to remember that employees of all businesses, no matter how big or small, can be impacted by it. Here are some of the causes of occupational stress –

  •     The company has strict regulations and practices in place.
  •     Limited opportunities for career and personal development
  •     Micromanagement and mishandling of the workforce
  •     Human resource departments’ lack of support
  •     Personal, professional, or situational concerns
  •     Bullying, belittling, and discrimination are all forms of bullying.
  •     Ineffective time management
  •     There is little to no occupational direction or advice.
  •     Overworkedness
  •     Expectations of performance that are considerably in excess of an employee’s training and skills
  •     Threats of termination on a regular basis
  •     Wages are lost, salary is reduced, and benefits are reduced.

By creating a good, proactive working climate, HR departments may help to avoid occupational stress among employees. It’s critical to quickly put an end to bullying, racism, and harassment, as well as to promote an open environment.

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