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23 April 2012

Job stress sparks the blues

Working long hours, a high volume of work, and working towards non-negotiable deadlines can put you at risk.

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A high-pressure job could double your risk of anxiety and depression, research shows. Working long hours, a high volume of work, and working towards non-negotiable deadlines can put you at risk.

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Here’s how to reduce the pressure: make sure your job description is clear so that you know exactly what your responsibilities are; don’t cause unnecessary stress by coming late or being unprepared for meetings; don’t get involved in office politics; if you feel you’re being treated unfairly, do something about it by going through the right channels; you have a right to be involved in decisions that affect you at work – ask for this; if your job has become a test of endurance, accept that you may not be able to change things from within – get your CV together and start looking for something else. 

 
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