Avoid Stressful Situations in a Virtual Office

LOS ANGELES—What stresses you out about the workplace? Is it the paltry paychecks or the annoying coworkers or something else?

C’mon. I know it’s something. More than three quarters of Americans are stressing out about something job-related. I am betting a virtual office can help, at least with some of the more common stressors.

"We've seen numerous surveys that confirm workplace stress has increased during the last several years, and this time we wanted to rank from top to bottom some of the root causes," says Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College. "Most employers are becoming well aware of the need to address rising employee stress, and those who don't address it are likely to suffer lower morale and productivity."

According to the 2011 Work Stress Survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College, 77 percent of Americans are stressed by at least one thing at work. Let’s see what they are stressed about and where a virtual office might be able to help.

14% ranked low pay as most stressful
OK, well if you work from a virtual office you don’t have to spend money on a new wardrobe to wear to work and you can cut down on travel expenses. You can also eat lunch at home. So a lower salary won’t pinch as much.

11% ranked an unreasonable workload as most stressful
With a virtual office, you have less distractions and more opportunity to get your work done efficiently. Virtual offices are shown in studies to drive up productivity.

9% ranked fear of being fired or laid off as most stressful
A virtual office can’t directly help you there, but indirectly it can help you be more productive. And companies like to hold on to productive employees.

8% ranked annoying coworkers as most stressful
You can avoid plenty of the most annoying coworkers, at least much of the time, with a virtual office set up. You can also avoid the boss, which 5 percent cited as the most stressful, at least some of the time.

“It's quite normal to be stressed about certain aspects of your job," says Davis K. Brimberg, a Los Angeles psychologist who specializes in workplace issues. "Job stress is inevitable, and the key to handling this anxiety is to manage it, not obsess over it. Learning time management skills, defining your job responsibilities and setting boundaries with co-workers or bosses can go a long way to creating a healthier work environment."


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