These days, multi-tasking is a daily effort. You probably have to meet deadlines at times and work long hours, but if this kind of pressure happens more often than not, it can take a toll on your health.
Are you at least receiving fair compensation for the extra hours you put in and the stress that comes with your job?
What causes stress
According to a 2013 survey from the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence, over a third of the workers it surveyed said they were under chronic work stress. Only 36 percent reported that their employers put methods in place to assist them in handling on-the-job pressure. Various factors contribute to work stress, such as:
- Insufficient personal control over job-related decisions
- Conflicting demands
- Excessive workloads
- Uncomfortable working conditions
- Low pay
- Few advancement opportunities
Ongoing stress can result in headaches, insufficient sleep, frustration and difficulty concentrating. If the pressure worsens, it can cause more serious issues such as anxiety, high blood pressure, depression and heart disease.
How much payment you deserve
Do you work through lunch or at home after hours? Are you expected to travel from one work site to another on your own time and without compensation? Under the terms of the Fair Labor Standards Act, you are entitled to overtime pay when you work more than 40 hours a week.
What you can do
Keep notes for a week or two. What kind of situations, individuals or circumstances cause the most stress in your working life? How do you deal with the issues? Make healthy choices. Take a walk rather than eating a candy bar from the vending machine. Join a yoga class. Limit your caffeine intake from mid-afternoon on to aid in a more restful night’s sleep. Also, speak to your supervisor if you are not receiving sufficient overtime pay when you work those extra hours. If the situation does not change, you may want to seek legal advice.