What is Organizational stress?

What is Stress?

Stress is a condition in which an individual is confronted with a situation or circumstance(s) where he or she perceives to be uncertain. Stress is usually associated with anxiety, nervousness, outbursts etc.

Above scene is picked from a movie called Tamashaa’, In this movie, Ranbir kapoor is constantly by his boss on many occasions and the the corporate environment is suffocating to him. This causes him to act out and talk gibberish during the presentation.

Factors of Organizational Stress?

Organizational stress factors are many. Pressures to avoid error or complete tasks in a given period of time.

  • Work over-load
  • Demanding and insensitive boss
  • unpleasant co-workers

could be some of the examples.

Task demands are factors related to an individual’s job. This include the design of the individual’s job, working conditions and the physical work layout. Working in an overcrowded room or where there is continuous interruptions can lead to stress and anxiety as well.

  • Lack of social support
  • Poor interpersonal relationships
  • Many bosses create unrealistic demands and pressures on the employee.
  • Role conflict, role ambiguity and role overload

How to Overcome Stress?

Maintaining a healthy work life balance can be the way out of the stressful condition that an employee feels on his/her day to day job. Below are some pointers that would be beneficial when struggling with work.

  1. Dividing big tasks into smaller chunks– This helps in finding order in chaos. When an employee is overwhelmed with work, one of the best ways is to start dividing work in smaller pieces.
  2. Prioritize– After dividing, prioritizing by ranking these pieces would help. Tendency is to keep the most demanding and time consuming work for the end, instead allotting it as the first priority would help solve this puzzle.
  3. Learn to say NO– Even though you are an employee and have to work on tasks but if you are overburdened, It is imperative to say NO. Remember, No is a complete sentence.



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Source: Organizational Behavior Stephen P. Robbins

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