Workplace stress is on the rise, and is a major factor in employee turnover. One way to manage stress is by avoiding it in the first place, by cutting down on uncertainty, overwork and that feeling of meaninglessness.* Give people specific, challenging, yet attainable goals. Two sure ways to raise staff blood pressure are the nebulous, impossible-to-achieve project, and the the pile of meaningless make-work.

* Measure productivity. If they know it's being measured, they know it matters - and how well they did.

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