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October 04, 2010

Employers can help Lessen Stress in Workplace

Stress is stress.

Clinically speaking, the negative health effects of stress haven’t changed since the condition was first diagnosed as a health problem. But the amount of stress the average person carries and its causes have changed tremendously since the start of the Great Recession.

Its effects will become chronic conditions for millions of Americans, health experts say.

"Stress in the workplace has shifted from a focus on achieving and excelling to just surviving,†said Nacie Carson, director of learning and development at Cleaver International, a management and consulting firm based in Sherborn, Mass.

The burden of keeping their jobs presents a dramatic shift in the causes of workplace stress, said Alex Lickerman, a primary care physician at the University of Chicago. The main causes of workplace stress these days are:

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