Dictators for leaders
In some organizations, the main source of stress is the leader. The work environment will have more stress and unhappiness if the leader is uncaring, over critical, derogatory or drives the team as if they were a task-master, whipping the slaves to build the pyramids in ancient Egypt.
An organizational culture of unrealistic expectations
Sometimes it is more than a particular leader who is causing stress. It can be the whole work culture of the organization. If there is a culture of unrealistic expectations for the pace, quality and volume of work produced, then this will increase stress levels.
Ongoing unresolved conflict in the team
Ineffective team members adding pressure
Sometimes the workload would be very manageable …IF EVERYONE did what they were supposed to be doing. Ineffective or slack team members can increase the workload of the more conscientious in the team.
A huge workload and inadequate resources
At times it is simply the amount of work that has to be done with time pressures that causes workplace stress.
Ambiguous Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
It can be stressful if we are in a job where we either have no targets or expectations given to us or are in a job where the outcomes are fuzzy and hard to quantify.
Being in a people-helping profession
Those who work in a people-helping profession like doctors, nurses, counselors, teachers or pastors can often feel overwhelmed as they face a sea of people and their complicated needs with limited time and emotional resources.
Work that carries a high level of responsibility and consequences for mistakes.
In some jobs, if we make a mistake it may lead to some lost production or loss of profit, whereas in others it can lead to a loss of life.