Is Work Killing You?: A Doctor's Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress

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From the bestselling author of The Little Book of Stress Relief comes the definitive guide to treating — and eliminating — excessive stress in the workplace. Dr. David Posen, a popular speaker and a leading expert on stress mastery, identifies the three biggest problems that contribute to burnout and low productivity: Volume, Velocity, and Abuse. He shares revealing anecdotes and offers clear descriptions of the biology of stress to illustrate how downsizing, economic uncertainty, and technology have made the ...
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Overview


From the bestselling author of The Little Book of Stress Relief comes the definitive guide to treating — and eliminating — excessive stress in the workplace. Dr. David Posen, a popular speaker and a leading expert on stress mastery, identifies the three biggest problems that contribute to burnout and low productivity: Volume, Velocity, and Abuse. He shares revealing anecdotes and offers clear descriptions of the biology of stress to illustrate how downsizing, economic uncertainty, and technology have made the workplace more toxic than ever. Most importantly, he offers practical advice and easy techniques for managing the harmful symptoms and side effects of stress.

Witty, engaging, and accessible, Is Work Killing You? touches on everything from meetings to tweeting, from fake work to face time, from deadlines to dead tired, and more. With this book, Dr. Posen gives us the tools to stop harming our most valuable resource — ourselves.

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Publishers Weekly
If you don’t want your tombstone to read “death by stress,” the latest book from Posen (after The Little Book of Stress Relief) may have the right remedies for you and your workplace. Posen makes a sound, compelling case for active stress reduction at work, due to concerns such as inefficiency, depression, and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. After defining stress, explaining why it’s damaging, and identifying its main sources, Posen distills the common stressors into three main categories, dubbing them “the Big Three”. He then devotes the body of the book to discussing each one individually, delving into the problems and some possible solutions. The first section covers work volume. The second is about velocity, or the speed at which the workplace and the world of work run. The third discusses abuse, positing that people can create stress just as much as circumstances can. The book is replete with charts, graphs, and diagrams illustrating concepts such as the path to burnout and proper work-life balance. Some of the surprisingly straightforward ideas Posen mentions, such as sending fewer e-mails to receive fewer e-mails, can easily be implemented on a personal level, though this book is primarily aimed at changing the workplace, not the worker. Above all, it’s a call for radical change in corporate culture. (Apr.)
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“Dr. Posen's work could not be more timely. As people create and manage projects and organizations of ever-increasing complexity, it is more clear than ever that we needed rested, clear heads to make critical decisions. Stress, fatigue, and cognitive overload put all of that at risk and are invariably implicated in all kinds of industrial disasters, from refinery fires to financial crises. We won't make our world safer until we learn to manage our work and ourselves better.” — Margaret Heffernan, author of Willfull Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770892750
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 536,581
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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David Posen: David Posen, M.D., is a physician, popular speaker, and the bestselling author of The Little Book of Stress Relief, which sold more than 50,000 copies and has been translated into five languages.
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