Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Who’s the most stressed of all?On 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Is a City trader more likely to be stressed than a librarian? Is an ITconsultant under more pressure than a teacher? Not necessarily. It dependswhether the nature of that job is changing, as Linda Pettit reportsWhile stress can affect anyone of any age in any job, experts agree thatno-one is immune to it. It is very difficult to diagnose accurately, as everyindividual will show different symptoms. “Stress,” says the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment (CIPD), “arises when [employees] worry that they cannot cope.The pressures of working life can lead to stress if they are excessive orlong-term.” Examples of long-term or chronic stress, says the CIPD, are the fear,frustration and anger that may be produced by an unhappy relationship with yourboss or with a difficult customer, and the unhappiness of an unsuitable job.”Up to a certain point, an increase in pressure will improve performanceand the quality of life. However, if pressure becomes excessive, it loses itsbeneficial effect and becomes harmful,” says the CIPD. Although being stressed often has more to do with how someone reacts topressure than the actual job they are doing, of course certain jobs areintrinsically stressful. People who require high levels of concentration – suchas those working in electronics or finance – are generally considered to be atrisk, as are those jobs with an important outcome be it financial orsafety-related. Employees governed by tight deadlines, those working shifts, orthose who work in confined spaces can be more prone to stress. In 1985, Professor Cary Cooper, one of the country’s leading stress expertsand professor of organisational psychology and health at the LancasterUniversity Management School, set out to find the most stressful jobs in theUK, evaluating more than 100 jobs. He repeated this study 12 years later, to find which jobs were becoming moreor less stressful (see panel opposite). More than 60 per cent of the 104 jobshis team reassessed in 1997 showed increases in stress levels, particularlythose in the armed forces, social work, teaching, farming, local government,nursing and the ambulance service. Cooper is convinced this demonstrates that it is not the jobs themselvesthat are stressful, but the amount of change a profession has undergone. Fundamental changes, such as those seen in the teaching profession over thepast decade, the increase in the amount of paperwork associated with many jobsin the civil service, and the annual pressures hitting the farming communityare making all these jobs more stressful. “It is the amount of change that takes place in that job and theindividual’s perceptions about that job and what it is that makes itstressful,” says Cooper. “Particularly whether those changes meanthey have less control.” The fact that one of the most stressful professions is that of a GP, acareer that is becoming increasingly demanding, is testament to this. GPs suffer the highest rates of psychological problems, health setbacks andalcoholism, as well as leading the way when it comes to divorce. “Those jobs undergoing change, such as healthcare workers, doctors andnurses, are the stressful ones,” says Cooper, adding that in the research,those professions you might think of as stressful – such as pilots or airtraffic controllers – come out as middle-ranking, with a good match between thepeople doing them and the jobs themselves. While change in a job is difficult to avoid, it is possible to manage changein a job to minimise the stress levels of the people doing them. As part of itsdocument, Intervention Strategies for Achieving and Maintaining ManagementStandards on Work Related Stress, published in June, the Health & SafetyExecutive (HSE) addresses the issue of change in a job by advisingorganisations to explain to employees what the organisation wants to achieveand why it is essential the change takes place. Consulting with staff isimportant throughout any change process, as is involving them in the planningprocess so they understand how their work fits in. Don’t delay communicatingthese new developments, says the HSE, as this will block rumour-mongering. Giving employees control over their pace of work and participation indecision-making, particularly during a period of change, is another importantway of minimising stress, as is empowering people to make decisions about theway they work, such as negotiating shift-work schedules. Support, adequatetraining, constructive and supportive advice, regular team meetings and havingthe opportunities for career development can help during change. “Don’t make changes to the scope of someone’s job or theirresponsibilities without making sure the individual knows what is required ofthem, and accepts it,” advises the HSE. Cooper concedes that some jobs, such as working on a City trading floor, areintrinsically stressful, “but individuals going into those jobs usuallylike that,” he says. “Traders, where a wrong decision made in a splitsecond could cost the company £20bn, usually love working on a knife-edge. Butif they were told they suddenly had to do more paperwork, they would find thatstressful.” So what makes one person better able to cope with stress than another?”The characteristics of the best stress survivors are adaptability,”says Cooper. “The ability to make a decision and not worry about it, beingable to talk about their problems and having a social support network when theyneed it.” Someone who is able to cope with stress is also someone who canprioritise their workload, so an individual who is a good time manager may copebetter with stress. “People can learn to better cope with stress, but if there’s a mismatchbetween the person and the job, they will have to leave. You can be trained toprioritise, to be a better time manager, to delegate and to ask people to helpwhen you need it, but if fundamentally that person is dysfunctional andmismatched, they have to get out,” he says. For Cooper, much of the blame for the current levels of stress in theworkplace comes down to poor recruitment – putting the wrong person in thewrong job. “HR departments should look at someone who is currently doing aparticular job well, and get a profile of them on which to base a psychometrictest for new recruits. They rarely do this,” says Cooper. “For example, the characteristics of the best sales person in thecompany could be used as a base on which to recruit other sales staff.Recruitment should be evidence-based. One of the biggest problems is mismatching,and the fact the nature of jobs change and the selection procedure needs toadapt too.” Peter Delves, however, who runs his own training consultancy Peter DelvesAssociates, would prefer to get away from the notion that some people are moreskilled at dealing with stress than others. “People process pressure in different ways,” he says. “Somecan deal with it, but store up pressures later on.” He says that different people find different jobs stressful, but anyone withlittle support and a high level of demand would be under pressure. “Youare looking to match the right person to the job, rather than whether theywould find it stressful,” he says. Delves believes that no-one with the right resources to do the job will letpressure turn into stress. What causes a job to be stressful?– Too much – or too little – to do – Boring or repetitive work – Role confusion – Lack of control – Lack of communication and consultation– Blame culture – Lack of support for individuals to develop their skills – Inflexible work schedules – Poor working relationships with others – Bullying, racial or sexual harassment – Physical danger (such as risk of violence) and poor workingconditions (such as noise)The UK’s 10 most stressful jobs*Prison service Police Social work Teaching Ambulance service Nursing DoctorFire brigade Dentistry Mining The UK’s 10 least stressful jobs*Librarian Museum personnel BiologistNursery nurseAstronomerBeauty therapistLinguistRemedial gymnastSpeech therapist Chemist* Based on research assessing104 jobs, by Professor Cary Cooper at the University of Manchester’s Instituteof Science and Technology, in 1997. Factors included hours worked, workload,deadline pressures and level of responsibility. Related posts:No related photos.
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THE ‘sold out’ signs are up on all of Dublin’s city centre hotels after Kerry fans got a 24-hour start over Donegal fans.Donegal supporters hoping to book rooms for the All-Ireland Final weekend on September 20 and 21 are finding most hotels already booked out.The clash of the Ulster and Munster champions is proving a bonanza for the hotel trade in Dublin; a Dublin victory at the weekend would have seen less demand for the final weekend. But Donegal won through in a memorable match.However Kerry’s win over Mayo in Limerick on Saturday night game fans of The Kingdom a head start in the chase for hotel rooms.The city centre sell-out of hotels has pushed up the prices of other rooms in the city.A Donegal Daily survey could find accommodation in just 12 hotels, B&Bs or hostels in the greater Dublin area for All-Ireland weekend. But those that are still available are very expensive.Castleknock Hotel wanted 450 euro today for a double room – for just one night before the game.The Shelbourne wanted 800 euro for a double room for the same night whilst the Stephen’s Green Hotel were looking for 1,049 euro for the Saturday night.The most expensive hotel for September 20 was the Four Season; a double room there will set you back an astonishing TWO THOUSAND EURO!The cheapest room we could find was at the Moat Lodge B&B in Lucan where a double room was 85 euro this morning. KERRY BEAT DONEGAL FANS – TO THE BEST ALL-IRELAND HOTEL ROOMS was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINALdonegalhotelsKerry
England have all but secured their first Test series victory in Australia in 23 years after posting a record total and moving within three wickets of another innings victory in the final Test to cap their Ashes domination.Matt Prior on way to his century in Sydney. AP PhotoMatt Prior scored the third hundred of the England innings before the visitors were dismissed for 644 – their highest total ever in Australia – shortly after lunch Thursday.Then pacemen James Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett took two wickets apiece to have Australia reeling on 213-7 at stumps on the penultimate day, needing another 151 runs just to make England bat again.Allrounder Steven Smith (24) and tail-ender Peter Siddle (17) navigated the last 41 minutes of an extended evening session for Australia to ensure the match will go into the fifth and final day.England, who had already retained the Ashes by taking a 2-1 lead with an innings victory at Melbourne last week, looks certain to claim a Test series Down Under for the first time since 1987.The England seamers started to get reverse swing in the afternoon session and worked as a unit to frustrate Australia’s batsmen with disciplined line and length.Shane Watson was first out, inexcusably run out for 38 after a mix-up with Phil Hughes that resulted in both batsmen at the same end.Hughes (13) was caught behind off Bresnan as Australia slipped to 52-2 before tea. Anderson had debutant Usman Khawaja (21) and stand-in captain Michael Clarke (41) both caught behind by Matthew Prior before Bresnan chimed in again to have Mike Hussey (12) caught in the gully.advertisementTremlett took wickets with consecutive balls to remove Brad Haddin (30) and Mitchell Johnson for a first-ball duck before Siddle, who took a hat-trick in the series-opening Test at the Gabba, blocked the hat-trick ball from the lanky England paceman.Haddin tried to play a bouncer but pulled out of the shot and lobbed an easy catch to Matthew Prior.With England so close to securing victory in back-to-back Test matches in Australia for the first time since 1978-79, play was extended by 30 minutes to allow the bowlers time to finish it off. But Siddle and Smith, Australia’s last recognized batsman, played with composure to make it to stumps.Australia needed quick wickets Thursday to have any chance of winning at the Sydney Cricket Ground and levelling the five-match series, but the bowling attack had no penetration as England surpassed its previous highest total in Australia – the 636 which Wally Hammond’s lineup scored in the 1928-29 series at the SCG.Alastair Cook (189) and Ian Bell (115) scored centuries on Wednesday and Prior continued the batting onslaught. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 118 and shared a 102-run stand for the eighth wicket with Bresnan (35).Graeme Swann finished unbeaten on a hard-hitting 36 when Tremlett was dismissed for 12, ending a 35-run last wicket stand.The visitors resumed Thursday at 488-7 after batting all day Wednesday, when Cook took his series tally to 776 runs to become the second-highest English run scorer in an Ashes series in Australia. Hammond scored 905 in 1928-29.Prior wasted no time reaching his fourth Test hundred, hitting Steven Smith for a boundary to bring up triple figures from 109 balls before he was caught behind chasing a wide Ben Hilfenhaus delivery.Australia finally got the benefit of a TV umpire’s review, with umpire Billy Bowden referring Prior’s dismissal to the third official to check for a Hilfenhaus no-ball. After several minutes, the TV umpire Tony Hill ruled that part of Hilfenhaus’ front foot did touch down behind the crease. The Australians had a similar decision go against them when Cook was on 46 and miscued a catch off left-arm spinner. Bowden referred the decision to Hill, who adjudged a no-ball based on video replays.Johnson conceded 20 runs in one over as Swann chased quick runs, another low point for the Australian attack in a demoralizing series. Johnson’s figures were 4-168 from 36 overs, while Hilfenhaus had 3-121.
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gregg Popovich ejected 63 seconds into Spurs vs Denver Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ “I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds,” McGregor wrote. “All faiths challenge us to be our best selves. It is one world and one for all. Now see you in the Octagon.”READ: Conor McGregor announces retirement from MMA againFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMcGregor’s tweet appeared to be a response to criticism directed towards him after an earlier post in which he insulted Nurmagomedov’s wife and the couple’s Muslim faith. McGregor swiftly deleted the post made late Tuesday.Nurmagomedov, however, reacted furiously to the insult, raising reported sexual assault allegations which McGregor faces in Ireland according to the New York Times. (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 25, 2017 MMA figher Connor Mcgregor poses during a weigh-in in Las Vegas, Nevada. – Mixed martial star Conor McGregor said on March 25, 2019 he had retired from the sport, vowing to hang up his gloves for the second time in three years. (Photo by John GURZINSKI / AFP)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor hinted he may not be retiring after all on Wednesday after a racially-charged exchange of insults with rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.In a cryptic post on Twitter which came a week after he had vowed to hang up his gloves, the trash-talking Irishman indicated he was not done with fighting.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “You are a hypocrite who is not responsible for your actions,” Nurmagomedov wrote. “Justice will find you. We will see.”The vitriolic exchange prompted an intervention from UFC chief Dana White, who urged both camps to dial back their rhetoric.READ: Khabib Nurmagomedov doubts Conor McGregor’s retirement is for real“I am aware of the recent social media exchange between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor,” White said in a statement.“The ongoing situation has escalated to a level that is unacceptable. As such, we are taking the necessary steps to reach out to both athlete camps and this situation is being addressed by all parties internally.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor in a bout last October in Las Vegas in a contest that was marred by a massive brawl at ringside.In January, the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed McGregor a six-month suspension for his role in the post-fight melee, backdated to October.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid
MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix may be up for a seemingly insurmountable climb down 3-1 against a mighty San Miguel Beer side, but the Fuel Masters are not waving the white flag just yet.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Terrence Romeo was the difference maker for San Miguel as he shot the lights out with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range in the third quarter to finish with a game-high 20 points.“They need four wins to advance. It’s just 3-1 and there’s still a Game 5. We will not give it to them,” said Phoenix guard RJ Jazul.“They beat us by a big margin tonight but that’s just one game. You win by one point, you lose by 40 points, it’s all the same, it’s just one game.”The Fuel Masters fight for survival in Game 5 on Thursday night at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After all, teams have come back facing the same predicament and Phoenix believes it has what it takes to defy the odds.“We will not give up. I told them, if you have plans to go on a vacation, me, the last thing that I’m going to do is to give up. I won’t give up until the series is over,” said a determined Phoenix head coach Louie Alas after the highly-physical affair that saw two ejections.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPhoenix bounced back in Game 3 after dropping the first two games of the Philippine Cup semifinals series but San Miguel responded in emphatic fashion with a 114-91 beatdown in Game 4 Tuesday night at Cuneta Astrodome.The Fuel Masters were eager to even the series but the Beermen burst their bubble in the third quarter where they extended an 11-point halftime lead to 26 heading into the final frame. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles UAAP volleyball: Ateneo nabs twice-to-beat after blanking of Adamson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsTwo dozen nursing students, tired from late-night studying, shuffle into their morning class and begin thumbing through their notes on antibiotics.Their professor has prepared dozens of slides for the final review of a pharmacology class.She answers questions from students who are closing off four grueling years of post-secondary education with the hopes of becoming a nurse north of 60.Jordan Erickson and Jody Prince have both excelled in Aurora College’s Bachelor of Science – Nursing program in Yellowknife – but soon they will not have their instructor to rely on.Luckily for them they can and have always relied on each other.That’s because these two students are mother and daughter.Erickson laughs as she prepares an IV drip during the interview.“There were moments where I thought, ‘can I really do this? This is a lot,’” she said. “But you push through it and we don’t really get at each other’s throats too much.”“We actually ground each other.”The lightheartedness extends as Jody reflects on all of the unique experiences she has had while sharing a classroom with her daughter.“One of the first days we had to sign a photo consent and she wasn’t allowed to sign it because she wasn’t old enough to consent so I was in her class and she passed her form over,” Prince said.Prince, who was working in child education before going to nursing school explains that while Erickson did not mind having her mother hit the books with her, there were some who doubted the idea.“There was an instructor who said when she heard that there was a mother and daughter in the program ‘this is not going to turn out good,’” Prince said.”For Erickson, she said she found all of her classes to be very interesting, but adjusting to the demands of a new found career was a learning curve.“The only hard parts I can think of in terms of our practicum was just time management between going to clinical and everyday life,” she said.“You are just so tired to do the things you regularly want to do.”Prince who works at the laboratory on campus and proudly sports her Aurora College t-shirt, said she is grateful to be a mature student, but she can’t shake her number one job of being a mother.“I guess for me you know as a student you worry about your own marks. ‘Am I going to pass this?’ For me it is twofold. ‘Am I going to pass this test and is she going to pass this test? Is she going to do well?’”As their academic classes wind down for the fall semester, this mother and daughter duo is ready for what lies ahead – a final practicum and then graduation.“I will just be looking forward to our grad day. But walking across that stage especially walking across the stage with her [Prince] will be really, really good,” Erickson [email protected]@aptncharlotte
More than 100 defense communities have conducted a joint land use study (JLUS) to limit incompatible development outside neighboring installations, and now central Texas will launch its own to ensure training and testing activities at Fort Hood are not jeopardized by future encroachment.The 13-month study, funded by a $262,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, could start next month, reports the Killeen Daily Herald.“We’re doing it on behalf of all central Texas communities that are impacted by Fort Hood,” said Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison. Killeen, the study’s sponsor, is providing a 10 percent match through in-kind staff work.The post is the only Army installation with a warfighting corps or division headquarters that does not have a completed JLUS. And while Killeen officials say the community does not have any “known encroachment issues,” concerns about residential development on most sides of Fort Hood have been raised. Air quality and light and glare that could affect nighttime training are other concerns the study is expected to address.“I am very aware of the necessity to ensure that future development in Central Texas does not create an encroachment issue and remains compatible with the very important mission of Fort Hood. All of the communities around Fort Hood will be affected by the growth along the [Interstate 35] corridor,” said Bill Parry, the former executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance.Brian Dosa, Fort Hood’s director of public works, told the Herald the study is “very important” to the post.“It will address several issues that affect the future viability and growth of Fort Hood, including encroachment, effects of projected population growth, natural resources (water, power), transportation and potential impacts on training,” Dosa said.For Parry, who now is the city manager for Gatesville, the study will support the city’s effort to update its long-range comprehensive plan. He expects the JLUS will help identify areas where future development potentially could be incompatible with Fort Hood’s mission.“The JLUS actually provides an impetus for our comprehensive planning process — both will inform the other if we do this correctly,” Parry said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR