If the thought of what's waiting for you at work when you return from your summer holiday is enough to make you wish you hadn't gone away in the first place, then you're not alone.
One of the most common complaints people make about work is that they have no time. There are always new deadlines to meet or crises needing attention. At the heart of this lack of time lies technology. We have been brainwashed to believe that technology reduces our workloads and improves the quality of our lives.
Management at Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology, the world's biggest contract maker of electronics, have invited monks from the Sacred Buddist Shrine of Wutai Mountain,to pray for a positive working environment after two workers committed suicide within days of each other earlier this month.
Most executives are expected to have the attributes of Superman - such as being able to leap tall problems in a single bound. But every strength has a corresponding weakness, and one of these is not recognizing the costs and causes of stress, either in themselves or in those around them.
One of the big stories in France over recent weeks has been the controversy surrounding a spate of suicides by employees at France Telecom. Which begs the question of what a company's role ought to be in dealing with workplace trauma.
No one expects managers to be relaxed in the current environment. But under-pressure bosses who demand instant and unreasonable results are risking a backlash.
With more than a quarter of Americans admitting they would resort to blackmail, backstabbing or flirting with the boss to keep their job, the challenge for managers is how to stop the law of the jungle taking over their workplaces.
When it comes to another day at the office, stable is the place to be. No, I'm not talking about working around horses (which might not be such a bad life), but in routine.
The global economic and financial meltdown is not just hitting people's pockets but also their mental wellbeing, a raft of reports has suggested.
Everyone has experienced or witnessed a meltdown at work. Sometimes the pressures of the job or the day can build and build until something snaps. Of course, if you aren't careful, such an event can lead to someone being fired.
Stress is unavoidable. But while stress can be positively beneficial and stimulating, it can also be enormously damaging to both our productivity and, ultimately, our health. So what's the difference between good and bad stress?
On TV they're always be hanging about the barbie in shorts, but in reality Australian managers work harder and for longer - and suffer more illness than their counterparts in the UK.
Workplace stress and general un-wellness is costing the Australia economy $14.81 billion (Australian) every year, a new report suggests.
One of Toyota's senior car engineers died from working too many hours, a Japanese labour bureau has found.
Too much anxiety kills performance. Yet anxiety is often ignored in the workplace or considered a sign of weakness that needs to be swept under the desk. So what can those who manage others do about it?
With almost everything you read suggesting that the working world is getting more and more stressful, how does anyone manage to survive in the modern office without going insane?
One thing everyone seems to agree on is the fact that the world has gotten more hectic and that surviving in the world of modern business is getting more and more difficult.
It isn't only older people who are at risk of heart attacks. Academics have found that those under 50 in highly stressful jobs may be two thirds more likely to suffer from heart disease.
An interesting idea bandied about by a Welsh clergyman is certain to gain heated responses both for and against – it's probably for that reason that it wasn't published in the press until the Xmas weekend!
Any idea how much anguish and mental distress is costing the UK economy? Probably not, but if you did, you'd likely start to feel anguished, too.
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