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Most Stressful Jobs

There’s no doubt that our jobs are a major source of stress.  In fact, according to a recent poll, 30% of U.S. workers say they are “always” or “often” under stress at work.  However, some jobs are more stressful than others.  Here’s a list of the 10 most stressful jobs in the U.S. (according to CareerCast.com).

  1. Enlisted Military
  2. Military General
  3. Firefighter
  4. Commercial Airline Pilot
  5. PR Executive
  6. Senior Executive
  7. Photo-Journalist
  8. Newspaper Reporter
  9. Taxi Driver
  10. Police Officer

If you hold any of these jobs, it’s critical that you take good care of yourself in order to avoid burnout.  Take a look at this Info-Graphic on Stress and Your Health (http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.org/stress-and-your-health/ ).  In particular, review the Stress-Busters at the bottom of the page, which list great tips on how to relax and alleviate job stress.

For more information on managing job stress, listen to Managing Workplace Stress CD.

 
Tips For Stay-at-Home Moms Getting Back in the Work Force

With the economy stalled and a lot of families struggling financially, many stay-at-home moms are looking for work to supplement the family budget. Telecommuting is more prevalent than ever. Global Workplace Analytics estimates that telecommuting in general has risen more than 26 percent since 2005, and by more than 73 percent in government agencies and nonprofits. Working from home is ideal for moms with young children, and the internet has made it easier than ever to find work that can be done right from the comfort of your own home. Here are five ideas to help stay at home moms get back into the workforce and bring in extra cash while still being there for their children:

Online Data Entry and Transcription

Legal, medical, office and closed captioning are just some of the types of transcription services that are needed. You should possess good typing skills as well as the ability to meet deadlines. Visit work-at-home job boards to find freelance jobs. If you’re fortunate, you might connect with a client who really likes your work and you could receive steady projects from them. One word of caution (for all online job opportunities), never pay a fee to work for a company. It’s likely a scam.

Virtual Call Center Rep

Call center work allows you to do customer service right from the comfort of your own home. Call center representatives are needed for businesses such as online retailers, help desks and IT solutions. If you have a pleasant phone demeanor and like helping people, this could be the ideal work-at-home job for you.

Freelance Work

If you like to write, do graphic design or create computer software, there are a wealth of freelance opportunities available online. From businesses that allow telecommuting to online content provider hubs, it’s easier than ever to break into freelance work, no matter what your interest or experience level. Pay will be commensurate with experience and skill level, but freelancing is an excellent way to work from home and earn extra money. Start with guru.com, elance.com and odesk.com. Even Craigslist can be a source when you search under “Gigs.”

Product Reviewer or Survey Taker

Believe it or not, these are legitimate ways to earn extra cash online. Businesses are always looking for feedback about their products and services, and product reviewers and survey takers can help them to accomplish this. Look for a hub service like MySurvey.com that will find out your interests and product usage patterns in order to connect you with review and survey jobs for which you’re a match.

Child Care

While obviously not an online job, offering child care service in your own home is an excellent and flexible way to earn extra cash while still spending time with your own children. You’ll also bring in built-in playmates for your kids.

 
From Manager to Mommy Mode

After a long day of meetings and deadlines, switching gears to making dinner and helping the kids with homework can be challenging.  Many working moms find it difficult to leave the office behind and go from being a manager to a mommy.  In fact, 50% of working moms find it tough to make the shift.  Here are some tips to smooth the transition.

Make a “to-do” list. Before you leave the office, jot down a quick office “to-do” list for the next day.  This will help jump-start your next workday, and leave you less apt to think about work at home.  After you make your list, forget about it – until tomorrow.

Change your tune. Instead of listening to a leadership development podcast on your commute home, listen to your favorite CD.  Music can help relax you before you walk in the front door.  Your kids will sense if you’re still tense from work.

Focus on fun. If you worry about all you have to get done at home – making dinner and driving your son to soccer practice – family time can feel like another job.  Focus on the fun stuff instead.  Plan an after-dinner walk with your family or a trip to your local ice cream shop for dessert.  Thinking ahead about this time together will help you to live in the mommy moment.

For more tips on how to balance work and family, read Passport to Priorities: Your Road Map to Balanced Living.