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A broad definition of stress is a non-specific response of the body to different demands and is often referred to as the health epidemic of the 21st century. Whether stress is due to growth of industry occupations or simply because of our increased awareness of it is still to be debated. Nonetheless, stress is present in our lives. Stress in small quantities is normal and even beneficial. However, stress which causes a strong response or is present over a prolonged period of time can be harmful. Different stressful elements at work can cause stress, which leads to sickness and absence. The root may be not only mental but physical as well. Workplace stress is often unnoticed and therefore unaddressed. Managers of companies struggle to solve employee-related issues such as low motivation, poor performance, or excessive absences. Many organizations implement different programs such as motivational projects or micro management, often not realizing that the underlying issue is caused by stress. Motivation programs like financial bonuses and other rewards will prove unsuccessful in the long-term and will only have temporary effects if the motivation is not directed to the underlying issue. Decreased mental health at the workplace leads to increased sick leave. There are different reasons for workplace stress and different methods for solving them. Research that seeks to determine the causes of stress at the workplace can also help to address stress. The research of this paper indicates that companies with many policies that intend to decrease employee stress can still have some stressors.
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