If you’re at your “breaking point” at work, you’re not alone.
According to a new survey, 83-percent of workers said they’re stressed out by at least one thing at work every day. And in the past year, complaints about workplace stress have jumped 11-percent.
What are we so stressed about? Based on the survey, our top complaints include: low pay, unreasonable workload, annoying co-workers, a poor work-life balance, and a fear of being fired.
But also high on the list of workplace stressors is having a job that’s not in your chosen field. In fact, more than 1-in-5 workers said their current job doesn’t reflect their career goals!
And according to Dr. Daniel Kirsch from the American Institute of Stress, that’s a problem because it means a lot of people are starting each day behind the eight ball. Because, if you don’t like what you do, then you’re going to feel stressed long before worries about your workload kick in. And stress has a huge negative impact on our health. In fact, Dr. Kirsch describes stress as, “our new black plague,” referring to the disease that killed more than 100 million people back in the 14th century!
Because if plague killed the most people back then, he says stress is what’s killing the most people now.
One thing this new survey makes clear is the importance of finding fulfillment in your work.
So, before you blame your stress on your boss, co-workers, or the economy, ask yourself this question: What can I do to make my job more personally fulfilling?
Because even if your passion isn’t working in a department store, if you feel fulfilled knowing you’re helping people, and you enjoy interacting with customers, then your job won’t stress you out as much.