Balancing act: Every job can be stressful, but some are worse than others

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 8:00 a.m. MST

He suggested that health care leaders deal with the problem by adding staff, working with employees to adjust schedules and create a more manageable work environment or evaluating company vacation policies to make sure workers have time to "unwind and recharge."

That sounds great, but based on what I've seen during my brief time as a health care worker and what I'm reading about the industry environment going forward, I'd be surprised if the stress levels decrease much in the next few years. With all the change and uncertainty we face, I suspect the stress will only increase.

However, this isn't to say that health care workers are the only people feeling stressed these days. In fact, the CareerBuilder survey showed that 64 percent of workers in professional and business services reported that they were stressed, with 12 percent saying they were "highly stressed." Retail was next on the list, with 63 percent of workers saying they were stressed, followed by financial services workers at 61 percent and information technology employees at 60 percent.

Journalists didn't have their own category in the survey, at least on the press release I saw, so I'm going to assume they would be included in the "professional and business services" category. Or maybe the news industry has become extremely low-stress and relaxed since I left.

Yeah, right.

Regardless of the industry in which you work, you're going to have to deal with stress at one time or another. If you can develop good tools for handling that stress, you'll be a better employee and a better person in general.

Even though my new job isn't as stressful as my old one was, I still have challenging times at work. And I'm trying to develop the skills that will help me leave that stress at the office and be a calmer, kinder person at home.

I'm interested to hear your perspectives on this topic. Are you usually stressed at work? How do you deal with that stress? And what tools help you keep that work stress from bleeding into your family life?

Please send me an email or leave a comment with your ideas, and I'll share some of them in a future column.

Email your comments to kratzbalancingact@gmail.com or post them online at deseretnews.com. Follow me on Twitter at gkratzbalancing or on Facebook on my journalist page.

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