Inbox anxiety and other sources of workplace stress
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The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) survey details the main reasons for stress in the workplace in the United States. Each of the primary contributors affected people in a fairly equal manner, with a range influencing 49 to 55 percent of workers. The most common culprits of anxiety are deadlines, interpersonal relationships, staff management and dealing with general office issues. Due to the expediency and expectations associated with many modern industries, these stressors are quite common.

The recent survey of work-related anxiety also found some pertinent trends related to the expression of symptoms, the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders. While only 9 percent of workers were diagnosed with a clinical anxiety disorder, 40 percent reported persistent or disproportionate stress in their daily lives and 30 percent reported using prescription medication to manage that stress and other resulting behaviors. The most staggering finding was that 72 percent of people who have daily stress and anxiety say it hinders their lives in a significant way.

For most office jobs, managing an email account comes with the territory. Throughout the last decade of technological advancement, these electronic messages have become essential to communicate important information within and between different organizations. However, not everything concerning new technology is beneficial and innovative. While online, digital pathways were designed to improve workplace efficiency and connectivity, the methods may have an opposite impact on many workers’ well-being.

Email: A digitally destructive demand

In an interview with Business Insider, psychologist and author Ron Friedman explained why email communication is a cause of inner employee turmoil, “…each message represents another demand on your time and another decision you have to make. Even deciphering a generic announcement about the office coffee maker requires effort, which leaves less energy for work that matters.”

When an individual is stricken with a long list of emails, it is intertwined with the current assignments the person is trying to complete, the social correspondence with others and the excessive amount of work related to administration and other operations. Each email takes time away from a worker’s most pressing concerns and adds to one’s perceived workload.

As an inbox fills up with an influx of items, a parallel level of excess stress builds within the employee. When this escalation reaches a particular peak, the heightened level of anxiety can severely limit a person’s ability to work. One retrospective case-control study compiled and analyzed employee information from six major employers. Strictly comparing those with and without an anxiety disorder diagnosis, the results showed that populations with an official diagnosis were correlated with substantially higher costs to work productivity on top of the many other obstructions to workplace life.

Although research specifically concerning email is limited, one example study observed how rapidly advancing technology both enhances and hinders execution of work-related tasks. When examining different sources of computer-based stress, an overwhelming 68 percent of reported anxiousness and apprehension was solely associated with managing one’s email. The study also highlighted the individual characteristics related to learning new electronic technologies and the exponential growth of email as a communication form.

Sovereign Health Group offers a wide array of therapeutic and recovery services. The strategies and programs that are provided cover a wide scope due to Sovereign’s emphasis on the most cutting-edge research available. Cases of anxiety disorder can arise in many different shapes and forms. If you, a friend or a family member suffer from anxiety of any kind, other mental health disorders, addiction of co-occurring disorders you can contact our 24/7 helpline to learn more about how to get quality support. Chat online or call us at anytime.

Written by Lee Yates, Sovereign Health Group writer

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