Those with the highest stress are not always the highest paid. The proof is in the list of the 10 most stressful jobs in the nation from the 2012 Job Stress Report on CareerCast.com
While we often say the executives get paid the big bucks because of the stress they endure, many who have higher stress enjoy far lower paychecks.
1. Enlisted military soldier ($35,580).
2. Firefighter ($45,250)
3. Airline pilot ($103,210)
4. Military general ($196,300)
5. Police officer ($53,540)
6. Event coordinator ($45,260)
7. Public relations executive ($91,810)
8. Corporate executive–senior ($165,830)
9. Photojournalist ($40,000)
10. Taxi driver ($22,440)
One of the key ways to reduce stress is to improve the match between the job and the worker. When the right person is in the right job, even those high on this list, the job will be far less stressful for that worker. The opposite is also true. When the wrong person is placed in a traditionally low-stress job, the effect on that worker can be significant levels of stress. As a Predictive Index® consultant, I see this every day.
Stress is expensive. It increases turnover, absenteeism, illness and accidents. Companies spend millions of dollars each year attempting to teach their people to be less stressed. Fortunately, there is a simpler solution.
By identifying the behavioral needs of a given job, employers can recruit workers who match those needs. Workers who match the behavioral needs of the job have much lower stress levels and significantly higher performance levels.
Behavioral assessment tools like the Predictive Index® are capable of accurately identifying the ideal needs of each position and matching the applicants to that job. By adding a simple 10 minute assessment to the application process, employers can ensure they are putting the right person in the right job every time.
Additionally, managers often cause stress by managing people improperly. Since each person is different, managers who are able to adjust to the individual’s needs will create a lower stress workplace. Hiring right and managing more effectively are two simple steps to lower costs and increase productivity.
Ask us how Predictive Index® can help you achieve these goals in your company.
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