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Chapter 11. Stress Mastery on the Job > Factors Leading to Increased Workplace ...

Factors Leading to Increased Workplace Stress

Why is the level of workplace stress increasing with such velocity? To a great extent, it has to do with the acceleration of the rate of change (change=stress) in the world at large. There are three driving forces behind this ever-increasing speed of change:

  1. Population growth. Although humans have inhabited the earth for millions of years, our total population didn't hit one billion until the 1860s. Within seventy-five years, the earth's population had doubled. By 1975 it had doubled again, this time only taking fifty years. And it continues to build. The more people living on our planet, the more competition we will face and more new ideas, changes, and developments will bombard us daily. Why? Because people are the major change agent.

  2. The information explosion. More information was produced in the thirty years from 1965 to 1995 than had accumulated in the entire previous history of civilization, in the roughly five-thousand-year period spanning 3,000 B.C. through 1965! It now appears that the amount of available information is doubling every five years, further accelerated by our capacity for instantaneous communication via TV, the Internet, wire services, and so on. The more we learn and are exposed to, the more we must change or risk falling more and more behind.


  

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