New Job

Best Health - Feb 2011

Best Health - Feb 2011

My clock said 3:17 a.m. I translated it into the real time—3:02—and then wondered why I’d even bothered to set the alarm for a few hours later: There was no way I would oversleep, not on the first day of my new job. My dream job. 

Then I started thinking, But what if people don’t like me? What if I’m not really qualified? Oh, stop it, I told myself. I got the job because I deserved it. I worked hard. I’ll do great. 

To get my mind off the time, I mentally reviewed my new-job strategies, established in the early days of my career when an abundance of enthusiasm proved to be the perfect antidote to a lack of experience: Be flexible and go with the flow, never say no, don’t be afraid to voice opinions and ideas, and dress for success. The diversion worked. The last thing I remember thinking before I drifted off was that if I could just get through the first-day-on-the-job jitters, it would be clear sailing. 

I was wrong. And according to the experts, some of my strategies were wrong, too. 

Women are the new men when it comes to feeling job stress. So says Jayne Hanna, a Toronto-based psychologist who in recent years has seen an increase in the number of female clients suffering from the pressures of the workplace. “In terms of gender differences, traditionally women have been more likely to base their selfworth on how their primary relationship is going. For men, it’s their career. But the tides are turning. Women are now feeling more stress because success in their
careers means more.”

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