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How employers can respond to increasingly stressed workers

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by Judith Belmont, M.S., L.P.C., and Susan K. Lessack, Esq.

Today’s economic climate has caused employers to cut budgets and workforces—and expect workers to do more with less.

As they see colleagues laid off and their employers cutting back, employees are more concerned than ever about their own job security. And they’re also worried about their spouses and family members keeping their jobs, too.

All of this has driven stress levels in the workplace to new heights.

Suffering in silence

This summer, the world saw the sort of behavior high-stress workplaces can engender: JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater threw a tantrum at a difficult passenger after their flight landed, cursed over the public-address system, took a beer or two from the galley and popped the emergency exit slide to stage a dramatic exit.

Slater became something of a folk hero, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans on Facebook. Many saw him living out ...(register to read more)

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