Fax machines, cell phones, modems and the Internet were created to make our lives easier. The theory is that the faster things get done, the more time we’ll have for leisure activities. The irony, of course, is that modern conveniences have helped make workplace stress one of the biggest health concerns today. The physical effects of chronic tension—elevated blood pressure and heart rate, knotted muscles and digestive problems—have taken their toll on people’s well-being.
In most cases, it’s not the actual work that stresses employees, it’s the amount of it. Downsizing, expansions and high turnover rates are doubling people’s workloads—and tightening deadlines.
What’s more, workers are frustrated by their lack of decision-making powers. Being forced to work on a project without having any say in its direction lowers morale and productivity. Letting these tense situations go unresolved keeps workers in a constant “rush” state.