Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 28 2014

Is It Time To Break Up With Your Stressful Job?

By Mary Reynolds Kane

It’s no secret that planning a meeting can create plenty of anxiety. From reviewing low registration numbers to worrying about attendee safety to dealing with the potential for attrition damages, the list of stressors can get very long. A new survey from global career company Monster reveals that meeting professionals aren’t alone in coping with the challenges of stress. The results show that the majority of work environments are becoming dangerously demanding for employees.

In the US, 61 percent of employees believe workplace stress has caused an illness while 24 percent blame their battles with depression on the workplace. The scariest statistic? Seven percent believe their work-related pressures actually put them in the hospital.

However, plenty of employees are fighting back. Forty-two percent of employees have purposely changed jobs due to their stressful work environments.

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“While every job will come with a degree of stress, it is important to act if it becomes unmanageable,” Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster, says. “It’s good to start by tracking your stress levels and looking for common triggers. Your workplace stress might feel like one big cloud of anxiety, but there are likely many contributing factors and evaluating them individually is crucial.”

Slayter highlights that employees don’t always have to take the drastic measure of looking for a new position, either.

“Some problems, once isolated, might have simple solutions - like making adjustments to an unbalanced schedule or ensuring you always take a break at lunchtime,” Slayter adds.

Who’s To Blame?

Stress can come from a wide range of sources, but the number one person at fault seems to be the direct supervisor. Forty percent of respondents blamed their issues on their relationships with their managers while 31 percent cited their coworkers for some of their problems. Of course, stress can be self-induced, too. Thirty-four percent of employees blame their own struggles with work-life balance.

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