Work Stress and the Locus of Control

A sense of control – and recognizing that our actions can make a positive difference – can make us empowered and engaged patients. Without that sense of control, we feel overwhelmed and anxious, demoralized and depressed. Our emotional state can influence our physical state.

That locus of control is important in all aspects of our lives – at home, at school and at work.

If you are an employer or supervisor, it is crucial that you keep your staff members informed of changes that will affect them personally and wherever possible, consult them and elicit their feedback. Engaged and empowered employees will not only be happier and less stressed; they will be more productive.

With corporate downsizing and layoffs, the demands on individual employees can be overwhelming. If workers are not given sufficient time, training and support to meet their assigned tasks, they are set up for failure, stress and burnout.

We have to be vigilant of the signs that workers – or we ourselves – are becoming significantly anxious or depressed. Productivity plummets, and employees become physically or psychiatrically ill. These are the usual reasons that employees will need to stop work and go on “stress leave.”

Coming up:  Work stress – it’s recognition, management and prevention – and other important aspects of workplace health.

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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5 Responses to Work Stress and the Locus of Control

  1. mysterycoach says:

    Exactly. Just spot on! I’ve recently (6 wks.) started a new job and it keeps filtering through my brain how they have so many new things they do, and I know in any new environment, people are set in their ways, have their plates full and a new person after a few weeks they assume “should” get it. And that’s not true. Regardless of past experiences with a similar job, it’s always all new and each place does something a bit differently.

    How to combat this idiocy 🙂 Ask questions. Even when the people look slightly annoyed, ask them anyway. Continue to ask them until YOU are happy… I remember this one firm I tempted at, the women there were such @#$@# snots who I needed the help from. They had that demeanor where they couldn’t be bothered. After a while they shifted and were a tad bit kinder however by the time that happened the position was over with. It’s like that belligerent, “why are you talking to me” I have enough to do and NOW I have to train YOU… Oh boy, if I hadda dollar for every time that happened at various places.

    • Too often employees are thrown into a no-win situation – a new position without the training and support they need to succeed. It’s great that you take the initiative to ask. Being humble can be empowering!

      • mysterycoach says:

        What happens is everyone is busy doing things and they forget really. Training is very important as to any position and the procedures in each office. I mean the work may be the same however it’s still a learning curve. Sure, sure… how else do we learn if we don’t ask? 🙂

      • It would be wonderful if we put service to one another as part of each of our roles in the workplace (at home, at school, in our communities and within society).

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