Stress is a very normal part of everyone's life. We deal with it in every facet of our being, from work to school to relationships to home life. More often than not, however, work is the one factor that leaves us feeling the most stressed of all.
A recent study by Deloitte, which surveyed over 23,000 professionals, actually suggests a reason for the trend, as well as implying workplace stress is a unique experience for each person. Here, according to Deloitte, are the five biggest stressors at work--and how they may impact you.
1. Making errors
Although everyone surely makes mistakes, the thought of messing up in a high-stakes environment makes people worry more than any other possible gaffe in the workplace. An enormous number of respondents--82 percent of all those who participated--believed that the wish to avoid making errors affected them most of all.
2. Challenging workloads
Fifty-two percent of those surveyed also felt that an overwhelming workload--for instance, one that cannot be reasonably completed in the working hours of each day--was also a cause for concern. Long hours of handling many responsibilities were ultimately very taxing on the worker.
3. Moments of conflict
Another 52 percent of participants found moments of conflict incredibly stressful, which include things like being chastised or scolded, as well as needing to deliver serious or weighty messages to another colleague. Such conflict can take more of an emotional than physical toll, as it's necessary to balance personal feelings with professional comportment in the aforementioned cases.
4. Urgent situations
An assignment with a tight deadline or an incredibly important project is bound to add an intense amount of stress. Although many would assume that projects of this nature would actually be the prominent stressor for most employees, only roughly 46 percent reported time-pressured deadlines as a reason to descend into worry.
5. Face-to-face interactions
Although some of us are naturally at ease giving a presentation or meeting a new client, so many of us get a fair amount of stage fright from the mere prospect of such interactions. While 45 percent of participants would rather avoid these situations altogether, it can be useful to practice, since fear of performing always decreases with increased repetition.