The economy might be improving, but the world of work seems to have changed forever. Ask any of your friends, family, and colleagues: if they've been lucky enough to stay employed through the lean years, they're probably doing more with less than ever before. Time, money, and manpower are still in short supply in most offices. All of that adds up to one thing -- burnout.
You might have perfected your ability to deal with stressful situations -- deadlines, last-minute changes, the hustle and bustle of a busy office. But that doesn't mean you've mastered the most challenging piece of the stress management puzzle: handling the contagious kind of stress that you can easily catch from an anxious co-worker.
If you're one of those people who work best under pressure, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that today's stressful work environment certainly plays to your strengths. The bad news is that at least one expert thinks that it's possible to development a "neurochemical dependence" on stress. In other words, maybe you're addicted.
When the little things go wrong, how do you react? If you're more of a flipper-outer and less of a shrugger-offer, there's hope. With a little practice, you can learn to be more even-keeled -- which is a good thing, because being a bit calmer is better for your career and your health.