Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 2nd 2013 Contents B6
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So, you think you may want to quit your job. There
are few people out there who, at one time or another,
haven't had the same thought. Sometimes that need
to escape is the result of a sudden problem and other
times it's a feeling a long time coming.
Quitting your job isn't a decision you should make
haphazardly though. It generally has a big impact on
your life, and you should therefore give it careful
consideration. Here are some situations when you
may have to simply say, "I quit!"
Your job is making you sick: Job stress is giving
you headaches and backaches, and has you losing
sleep. If you can't work out the problems, you have
to put your health first. There isn't any job worth
getting sick over.
You find yourself being marginalised: Your boss,
for a reason unbeknownst to you, has taken away
many of your responsibilities. You are treated like
the invisible man/woman and are not included in
important meetings. Don't do anything until you talk
to your boss to find out what's going on, but be aware
that your boss may be silently urging you to leave.
If the situation seems like it won't improve, think
about taking the hint.
You've outgrown your job: You may have started
your job as a novice. Now you have a lot of expe-
rience---more than your job requires. If you can't
utilize your experience at your current job, it's probably
time to start looking for a job where you can put
your skills to use.
You receive a better offer elsewhere: You've been
stuck at the same salary level for a while with no
hope of a pay increase. If you get an offer you are
finding difficult to refuse, and everything else about
the prospective position seems to be a good fit for
you, you should give it serious consideration.
Work is interfering with family responsibilities:
Like many people you may be struggling, with limited
success, to balance your job and family. If you can
afford to, take a hiatus from work. This may mean
taking a leave of absence or, if you can afford it, quit-
ting your job entirely.
Many parents do take time off from work in order
to devote all their attention to raising their families.
You can also consider an alternative work option like
working from home. If you can't imagine not working,
then try to find a job that allows you to find a better
work-live balance, for example one with flexible
hours, an easier commute or less travel.
How to know
when to say
Job stress is widely experienced, and so
pervasive that it's been found to affect people
from all industries, ranks and socio-eco-
nomic status levels. And because so much
of our lives are spent at work, job stress
can create stress in other areas of life as
For example, when people are stressed
at work, they may have less patience when
not at work, and relationships may suffer;
they may have less energy when not at work,
and let exercise go by the wayside; they
may feel so much stress at work that they
experience burnout or depression.
And, because of a close link between job
stress and chronic stress, job stress can take
a significant toll on overall health and well-
Job Stress and Chronic Stress
There are several types of stress that peo-
ple experience, and they each affect people
differently. There's eustress, which is con-
sidered good stress' for a reason---it keeps
us feeling vital, alive, and excited about
There is also acute stress, which comes
and goes quickly. These types of stress aren't
especially harmful in manageable doses,
though too much of either can lead to a
greater risk of experiencing chronic stress,
which is the damaging type of stress that
we often hear about when we hear about
the harmful effects of stress.
Chronic stress comes from situations
where our stress response is triggered again
and again, and when our bodies don't return
to their pre-stressed state.
This type of stress often comes from con-
flicted relationships, over-packed schedules,
and, yes, stressful jobs.
Continued on Page B7
Chronic job stress is a risk factor for heart disease
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