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Friday, July 25, 2008

Shed the Stress

Your boss may prize your problem-solving skills, but it's the ability to manage stress that will make you happy on the job, one career-training firm argues.

MindTools.com surveyed several thousand subscribers to its e-mail newsletter about their career skills and on-the-job happiness -- not a scientific sample at all, the company admits. Two-thirds of the happiest staffers said they handle stress well, vs. 42 percent of those who did not find joy on the job.

More of the happier workers also were likely to believe they have great time-management and team-building abilities.

Respondents were asked to rate 10 of their skills, including such things as change management and leadership. They also ranked their satisfaction with their job, their boss and their organization. MindTools said there is no causal link between the skills and happiness, but adds that it's likely people could become happier if they can shed stress. (Not surprisingly, MindTools offers e-classes and coaching services that address stress management.)

Both smilers and snarlers were most confident in their problem-solving, interpersonal and communications skills, at 80 percent.

-- Vickie Elmer


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