Workplace stress: Study shows 8 out of 10 cry at work

If you have burst crying while at work, don't fret because a recent study shows that you are not alone.

Workplace stress: Study shows 8 out of 10 cry at work
80% of workers cry at their workplace | Photo Courtesy: Pixabay

In a study done by a job search company, "Monster," it was revealed that at least 8 out of 10 people have cried while at work.

The reason for this is mostly due to toxic boss, colleagues and workplace. Out of 3,000 workers, at least 45% cried due a workplace stress while 19% noted non-work issues.

Out of those who have cried at work, 15% said this was due to the heavy workload while 13% blamed it on bullying either from peers or bosses.

It also showed that about 14 percent of workers cry at least once a week, and sometimes every day.

Due to these results, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi encouraged employees to find a workplace that will enable them to be happier and be more positive.

"When you cry at work, that's a sign of a toxic environment. There are numerous jobs out there where you will be doing the opposite, feeling happy and accomplished," she said.

And while crying in the workplace is common, you rarely can see your colleague sobbing his heart. Salemi said the reason for that is because there is still a stigma around it. Crying the workplace is regarded as a sign of weakness.

Another study also strongly supports the idea of finding a job that makes you happy. Not only does it promote a better well being but it also makes you more productive.

A study by Professor Cary Cooper of the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology showed that workers' performance suffer if they are not happy at work.

The study revealed that some 73 percent of workers said their performance in the workplace is affected by the level of stress they experience.

Steps in managing workplace stress

While you are still figuring out how and where to find a more suitable job, you must learn to address your current workplace stress.

Here are a few ways to manage stress at work as recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA):

  • Track your stressors. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them.
  • Develop healthy responses. Instead of attempting to fight stress with fast food or alcohol, do your best to make healthy choices when you feel the tension rise. Exercise is a great stress-buster.
  • Establish boundaries. In today's digital world, it's easy to feel pressured to be available 24 hours a day. Establish some work-life boundaries for yourself.
  • Take time to recharge. To avoid the negative effects of chronic stress and burnout, we need time to replenish and return to our pre-stress level of functioning.
  • Learn how to relax. Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and mindfulness (a state in which you actively observe present experiences and thoughts without judging them) can help melt away stress.
  • Talk to your supervisor. Employee health has been linked to productivity at work, so your boss has an incentive to create a work environment that promotes employee well-being.
  • Get some support. Accepting help from trusted friends and family members can improve your ability to manage stress.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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