Stress is a condition in which an individual is confronted with an opportunity, constraint, or demand related to what he or she desires and for which the outcome is perceived to be both uncertain and important. Stress is not necessarily always bad; there are stressors in life that are positive. Positive stress is an opportunity when it offers potential gain. Some individuals often use stress positively to rise to the occasion and perform at or near their maximum. Stress is associated with constraints and demands and to evaluate the effects of these constraints and demands, one must understand what causes stress. There are three potential sources of stress and they are environmental, organizational, and individual factors. Whether these factors actually become stress depends on the individual and their lifestyles. However when these stressors are experienced be the individual, its symptoms can surface as physiological, psychological, and behavioral stress. Stress must be dealt with because it can cause severe trauma in the lifestyle of the individual. The consequences of stress show itself in a number of different ways. High stress levels can make an individual develop high blood pressure, ulcers, irritability, loss of appetite, and difficulty making routine decisions. Physiological stress causes actual physical changes in the body. Psychological stress causes dissatisfaction, especially job related dissatisfaction. Job dissatisfaction is the simplest and most obvious psychological effect of stress. Behavioral Symptoms caused by stress are but not limited to absence, turnover, increased smoking, and increased consumption of alcohol. For the reasons, stress is important for organizations to monitor and study. Moderate levels of stress are not to alarming, because they may be functional and lead to higher employee performance and satisfaction. High levels of stress and low levels of stress sustained over long pe

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