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December 1, 2014

Feeling Stressed at Work? A New App Can Help

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Some workplace stress is normal (that's why it's called "work"), but excess stress can interfere with physical and emotional health on and off the job. It reduces productivity and can lead to accidents and impact businesses in other ways, as well. What can you do if you're feeling excess stress at work every day? Start with a new app that measures your stress and gives suggestions to reduce it.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety worked with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers to develop a free smart phone app that lets you answer a questionnaire to measure your level of stress. App users are asked to respond to 25 questions about work demands, organizational factors, relationships, workplace values, health and safety concerns, stress symptoms and offensive behaviors.

A results page scores each item compared to a reference population so you can compare your score. If your score is worse than the reference population, just click an icon for ideas on dealing with that particular factor. 


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