To Reduce Workplace Stress

To Reduce Workplace Stress

The article under consideration is entitled “To Reduce Workplace Stress”, published in a monthly Logistics Journal in September of 2003. The author of the article is Gloria Dunn, a business behavior expert, consultant. She is at the head of Wiser Ways to Work. Dunn is also the author of the book under the title “From Making a Living to Having a Life”.
In the article Gloria Dunn deals with the problems business men face at work and gives logical and consecutive advice how to cope with workplace stress and anxiety. From the very beginning the author of the article uses an advantageous and effective method of attracting reader’s attention by giving clear and bright examples which show brief stories of two business men under stress. The first piece of information touches upon a marketing executive, who was deeply stressed with issues at work, hence, he fell ill and turned grey. He changed activities, moved to another place of living and recovered in some time.
One more example given in the article is about a manager dealing with sales. He got a high post, which was an everlasting dream for other office workers. When he set to work they behaved hostilely and it caused management problems. As a result, he felt depressed and restless, and transferred this aggression into family life. He also had to resign his position. G. Dunn analyzes these two stories and reckons that workplace has a number of unforeseen stressful factors, which may have even more serious consequences than cancer. These factors, which influence the mind, are dismissal or layoffs, a incessant change of superiors, etc. Then Dunn passes on to say that to cope with stress businessmen should use their abilities from time to time, perfect themselves, become members of various associations, etc.
Gloria Dunn goes on to the most important part of the article, which deals with reducing stress and gives ten pieces of advice which reflect the most important aspects of business behavior. They serve a definite and detailed conclusion of the article.
The article under consideration contains valuable advice, Dunn suggests to keep feeling of power, the skill to express oneself. A person should change his attitude to work and this is the first and by far the most important advice serving the basis for others. I suppose that the author gives essential psychological pieces of advice of how to model the relationship, which can be practically used. Dunn encourages people to expand working skills. Workers should act like a team, it is impossible to achieve a goal without team-spirit. Good relationship can relieve stress. The author says: “spend five minutes of each hour considering how to get along with your co-workers”. Dunn has a very interesting idea on being flexible; she claims workers should treat their business as a “space ship”. It should go “where no man has gone
before”.
Everybody experiences stress sometimes, but if it is a “long-term” kind of stress, it can cause mental and health problems. One should be ready for stressful situation if one can say so. It may be necessary for some people to make a list of things and situations which cause stress. One should have professional approach to people at work, change the attitude to the problem and it will get solved. Work should be separated from personal life and family, I think tasks for work should not be done at home, as Gloria Dunn remarked summing up her article, work should never be “devouring”.
I find this article necessary and useful for every employer and employee, because it covers all spheres of their cooperation and stress management.

Works Cited
Dunn, Gloria “To Reduce Workplace Stress.” Logistics Journal 1/9(2003).