The Most Common Causes Of Stress In The Workplace: Why Your Job May Be Stressful

The Most Common Causes Of Stress In The Workplace: Why Your Job May Be Stressful

The workplace where you perform your job can be one of the most stressful environments you will ever be in throughout your entire life. There isn’t anything else in the world that could compare to the gut-wrenching feeling for what tasks your boss will set you up with at the start of the day.

What doesn’t help the situation further is the anxiety-filled fact that any wrong move or misunderstanding could cost you your entire career. Getting any kind of job is far from easy, and the last thing you want to do is lose the one job you worked your butt off to get.

It’s reasons such as this which make the workplace a goldmine for stress to manifest like some deadly tornado reaching down from the clouds, ready to begin its dizzying and destructive journey through a quiet rural town. This list will go into detail about the kind of reasons which make the workplace a hot spot for stress.


The General Work


Starting off this list with perhaps one of the more obvious reasons for stress to appear, the general work you are frequently tasked to do around the workplace can be more than enough to fill your head with negative thoughts.

Furthermore, the particular tasks can turn pretty repetitive really quickly, which can further increase the likelihood of stress manifesting; doing the same thing over and over again is not fun, and quite literally the definition of insanity.

Your brain needs to have some diversity in its daily schedule; a change of pace is what I mean by this. Doing the same things over and over again like a broken record isn’t healthy for your brain, and will ultimately tire it out in no time, causing you to feel really horrible.

If you can, try to spice up your schedule by doing things differently, such as taking public transport or riding a bike to the place where you work instead of your car, or vice versa. Alternatively, ask your boss to set you up with different tasks which may be available for you to do; perhaps there may be something entirely different to what you usually do, and will give your brain something new to work on.


The People There


The second cause on this list is the people who you will meet, or already have unfortunately met, at the workplace. Of course, if its your first day there, the outcome of what kind of personalities you will be working with will be a lucky pick, like a throw of a dice.

Your boss may be laid back and calm, but incredibly strict with their employees; on the other hand, they may appear strict and stubborn, but are actually really friendly and bring joy to the workplace.

Alternatively, your fellow employees may be fed up and angry with their own jobs, and take their problems out on you with only one of them being at least happy; or they could all be charming and friendly to you, while one of them could not take as much of a liking to you and do everything they can to sabotage your work.

Unfortunately, it all really depends on who signed up for the same job you did, and how their attitudes are to not only the work, but to you as well.

Furthermore, your boss could be strict to their employees and wish that they all worked as hard as they could, with harsh consequences to those who don’t do as they asked properly.

Again, it all just depends on if you are lucky enough to have been given a job with at least a friendly environment to it. If there are people, however, who are giving you a hard time and are even causing a bit of stress to manifest into your general life, try to ask your boss (if it’s a fellow employee), or fellow worker (if it’s your boss), and there is a chance that they will do something about it.

Unfortunately, if it is your boss who is the cause of your problems, there isn’t much you can do about it; the only option I say you would have is to quit your job and find another, but it’s entirely up to you.


The Working Hours


The third cause on this list is the dread-fliiling working hours. Typically, an average working day at a job lasts around 8 hours, but this can depend on the kind of job you have been employed with; for instance, there are 12 hour jobs out there, not of course dismissing night shift jobs additionally.

For many people, it can be hard to balance out the working hours and the free hours you have at home. For example, it can be quite difficult to find time to do the chores at home, make dinner; go to bed, before finally getting up at the right time to get back to work again.

It is exact situations like this as to why the tight working hours of any job can cause stress to appear in a majority of people; additionally, they will have to try their best to not turn up late and immediately get fired as a consequence. In order to prevent this from happening, they might sacrifice time by not eating breakfast or not cleaning their teeth in order to get to work on time; this can be quite unhealthy, especially if it regularly happens.
If you are feeling the brunt of the consequences of tight schedules, try to talk to your boss about them and how it is affecting your health and sanity. If luck is on your side, they might make a change of plan and either make your working hours more friendly, or move your working hours to days in which you feel the most comfortable working at; for example, you might prefer to work on Tuesday instead of Monday – it would be much better to use Monday as a day of preparedness for your job as Sunday is more of a relaxing day, and let’s face it, nobody likes to work on Mondays anyway…


The Low Wage


The reason why you are essentially working for somebody is because you get paid as a reward for your hard efforts. The fourth cause of stress on this list in the workplace is the unfortunate fact that a lot of people don’t get paid as much as they should do.

Underpayment, although very illegal for employers to do, continues to go on in the vast world of businesses. Many people are unfortunate enough to actually not be paid as much as they work for and it is a problem which many employers manage to do and sneak past the government, whose responsibility is to crack down on businesses underpaying their employees.

Sadly, many people don’t realise they’re getting underpaid for the amount of work they do, and it can get to the point where they do not think they’re working as hard as their employer wants them to, so they give it everything they can give, resulting in a lot of stress to form.

If you think you are being underpaid, it may just be nothing and the unfortunate realization that the kind of job you are doing has low pay in general.

If, on the other hand, you are being underpaid for the work you are doing, try to think about how much you will lose if you just quit your job and look for another one.

Nobody wants to feel like they’re not doing enough, but unfortunately it can be an awful feeling when you realise all your hard work has been for nothing as the pay hasn’t improved. If you really can’t find some way around it, and it’s taking a toll on your mental health, quit that job immediately and move on to another one. It might just save you from any health problems…


The Long Travel


Earlier in this list, I included traveling to the workplace with the first cause about spicing up your schedule by using public transport instead of your rusty old car to help your mind, but what if the journey to work is what’s causing at least a quarter of the total stress to manifest?

Apart from the actual work itself, the distance the workplace is from home and how exactly you get to there and back can greatly define the outcome of the amount of your work-related stress.

If the distance to work from home is long, this can be a huge hassle to you, particularly if you are just starting out with your job and are not used to the lengthy journey. Furthermore, if the working hours start early, this can add further pressure to you if the distance is long. Rush hour doesn’t things either; road rage can occur and by the time you finally reach the workplace, you will be so rilled up and angry that you will want to absolutely punch something in rage.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do if the journey to the place where you work lasts for a long time; you can’t move closer to the workplace as moving takes a lot of time and effort, and you don’t exactly know how long you will actually have your job there – you could potentially be let go by your employer in a matter of days and you wouldn’t know!

If the place where you work is quite far away, then I’m afraid you will only have to suck it up and take the lengthy journey with a strong mind, or dismiss yourself from that job and find another; unfortunately, if you could only find that job after a long time of previous failures, then you’re on your own I’m afraid.




Right, that last paragraph was a bit dark and gloomy, wasn’t it… m-my apologies…

Nevertheless, in the end there are a number of reasons why you may come under stress in the workplace – or outside of the workplace depending on your situation.

To help yourself, you will need to understand what causes any work-related stress to manifest, and find out if it is something which you can deal with – say a fellow worker who is giving you trouble and you want to be stationed away from them.

Naturally, the mere concept of working your butt off to earn an income to support either yourself or your family will no doubly bring about a lot of stress; it all depends on just how well you deal with it.

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11 Replies to “The Most Common Causes Of Stress In The Workplace: Why Your Job May Be Stressful”

  1. I can’t agree more. You hit me hard when you said General Work. I was in a meat processing plant and had been there for 6 1/2 years. You hit the nail right on the head with “repetitive work”, because that is all I use to do there. It was day in, day out, just doing the exact same thing over and over again. Time would drag and I felt like I was working like a slave. I couldn’t handle it anymore and quit.

    1. That sounds horrible; I can’t imagine working in those kind of conditions. I’m glad my post connected with you, and I’m very thankful you made it out of there alive. 😛

  2. Stress in the work place has been a problem for me for many years. I realize after reading this , that I have gotten myself into a rut. You have motivated me to come up with some ways to change things up a bit. When I do, my co-workers might think I am nuts. Any suggestions on how to respond to them in a way that will be accepted?

    1. There’s nothing “nutty” or insane about changing the way you do things to maintain your well-being. If they really DO think you’re nuts for changing yourself for the better, then they clearly don’t understand how people keep on top of their health. No matter WHAT you do to keep your stress to a minimal, even if it requires you to fiddle around with a toy like a stress ball or a fidget spinner, as long as it isn’t hurting anyone then it’s perfectly fine. 🙂

      I’m glad I’ve motivated you to try and deal with your stress. 🙂

  3. Unfortunately most people are stressed out at work do to one reason or another; and it’s sad knowing that they feel stuck and have no clue how to get out. (i’ve been there)
    Like you said, finding the root cause to your stressful work life is the first step to finding a solution. I always tell myself that in order for things to go my way I need to make a simple change, it doesn’t have to be extravagant; sometimes a change in scenery is all we need.

    1. Exactly, Genna! 🙂 It can often be hard for somebody to find out the root cause of their stress, but once they do they are – like you said – the first step closer to lifting the huge burden off their shoulders. I believe that UNLESS you find the root cause of your stress, you won’t be able to fully relieve it until you do.

  4. For me the major cause of stress in my place of work is the working hours. I run a 9 hours shift inclusive of 1 hour break.
    I am a customer service agent and pick calls for those hours which affected my health a lot when I just started but I’ve found ways of managing it now.
    Nice article.

    1. Yeah, it’s really not healthy to be working for long hours like that with no lengthy breaks. I imagine being a customer service agent is extra stressful with those constant phone calls to handle than any other job; I can’t even pick the phone up at home without any timid hesitations, so I’m very envious of your confidence. 😛

      Glad you’ve found ways now of dealing with your stress, and I’m glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂

  5. I work as a dishwasher at a hospital and it just kills my anxiety and my boss is exactly how you described nice but strict but I have a fairly good relationship with my boss so it isn’t that bad but the work is extremely repetitive and can get frustrating when the patient count is high so when I get stressed I just stop take a deep breath and continue on. anyway, thanks for sharing it was really interesting to read.

    1. That’s great that you have a good relationship with your boss! That would no doubt lead to you being treated better by them and make your job better as the positive atmosphere would lead you to working more efficiently and enjoying the job more. I can imagine it would get frustrating with lots of patients around, but taking deep breaths is a very great method of keeping your stress to a minimum.

      I’m glad my post was interesting to read for you. 🙂

  6. I think everyone might have experienced some work-related stress in their lifetime. Fortunate are those who experience it for a transient moment. Spotting the workplace stressors can help us to take the precautionary measures that are required for preventing the psychological sickness. A number of definition of stress are there. However, by comprehending what stress is, a person can know what he is actually experiencing and can take the right steps when the affairs become unpredictable. I would like to thank Jamie for sharing such an edifying enlightenment.

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