Workplace Stress: a collective challenge.
Today, many workers are facing greater pressure to meet the demands of
modern working life. Psychosocial risks such as increased competition,
higher expectations on performance and longer working hours are
contributing to the workplace becoming an ever more stressful
environment. With the pace of work dictated by instant communications
and high levels of global competition, the lines separating work from
life are becoming more and more difficult to identify. In addition, due
to the significant changes labour relations and the current economic
recession, workers are experiencing organizational changes and
restructuring, reduced work opportunities, increasing precarious work ,
the fear of losing their jobs, massive layoffs and unemployment and
decreased financial stability, with serious consequences to their mental
health and well-being.
In recent years, there has been growing
attention to the impact of psychosocial risks and work-related stress
among researchers, practitioners and policymakers. Work-related stress
is now generally acknowledged as global issue affecting all countries,
all professions and all workers both in developed and developing
countries. In this complex context, the workplace is at the same time an
important source of psychosocial risks and the ideal venue to address
them in order to protect the health and well-being of workers.
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