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Where Stress at Work Comes From May Depend on Your Job

Sometimes it’s obvious where workplace stress comes from. Maybe it’s person you don’t get along with or that you have too much work to get done. Every job has its pressures, and they can do a lot to determine how you feel about your work or even getting out of bed in the morning.

In January 2016, job-searching site CareerCast, asked its readers to chime in on what stresses them out, and they’ve just published the results of their survey.

What CareerCast found is that the top stressors are:

  • Unpredictability: 26% of respondents overall cited changing job responsibilities and expectations as their biggest source of stress. It was selected by even higher numbers of academics (40%), engineers (33%), and customer service reps (30%).
  • Workplace environment: In second place overall, 21% of readers talked about their work environment, specifically their interactions with bosses, coworkers and clients or customers. This was especially an issue for 30% of IT people.
  • Deadlines: 20% of respondents felt stressed out by deadlines. Many people hate them, some love them, and some need them to be productive. 33% of readers in the entertainment field listed this is their primary stressor.
  • Safety of others: Worry about others’ safety was cited by 16% of CareerCast’s readers overall, but was cited more frequently by people in transportation (41%) and healthcare (50%).

Other less common sources of stress reported by respondents included length of the work day or week (7%), personal danger (5%), nerves about promotion (3%), and work travel (1%).

The study’s findings suggest that when you’re thinking about the best career for you, you’d be wise to take into account the kind of stresses you’re likely to experience in it and how much stress it involves in general — here are CareerCast’s previously published careers stress rankings you might want to have a look at.

Robby Berman

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Mind Vacation: The Most Amazing Satellite Photos


Dubai_PreviewWhen everything about your workday is right in your face, what better way to get your sense of perspective back than by zooming up to see what life looks like to a satellite floating way high above? The Daily Overview publishes new satellite images all the time. Each and every one can help you take a breather from your daily routine. For lots of them, your first reaction is “what on Earth is that?” followed by imagining what the place you’re looking at would be like on the ground, and then finally finding yourself returned to your life, refreshed.

Here are some samples from the Daily Overview’s Instagram.

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SITTING AT WORK IS KILLING YOU

Getting up and moving is the key to survival. Multiple medical studies have confirmed that spending too much time sitting is wrecking our health. Office workers are losing the battle to live longer, and our sedentary lifestyle has become our own personal terminator.

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Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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