Managing Occupational Stress
Working for long periods under extreme stressful work conditions can lead to sudden death, a phenomenon the Japanese call karoshi, literally translated as “death from overwork,” Karoshi has been more widely studied, where the first case of this phenomenon was reported in 1969.
Deaths by overwork affect not only the families themselves who may lose the main breadwinner in the family but also the organizations suffer and lose productivity. That, in turn, affects the national economy. It is therefore urgent to devise ways to curb this problem.
It is important for workers to get regular exercise, which will reduce anxiety and depression and improve sleep. They should practice relaxation techniques and, if they feel overwhelmed by their personal situation, seek help from a mental health professional.
At the Organizational level specifically the education sector, School Directors/Administrators should provide the teachers with smart technology tool to ease their work load, for instance ICT tools like “nortify” will be of better economic value to schools. School Directors should realize that it is counterproductive for them to place excessive demands on their teachers without giving them the right tools to work with. Testimonial on how several schools administrators/students reduced cost and save time, using Nortify can be viewed on our Facebook Page.
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