Historically, the term electronic mail was used generically for any electronic document transmission. For example, several writers in the early 1970s used the term to refer to fax document transmission.
As a result, it is difficult to find the first citation for the use of the term with the more specific meaning it has today.
Electronic mail has been most commonly called email or e-mail since around 1993, but variations of the spelling have been used:
Computer-based mail and messaging became possible with the advent of time-sharing computers in the early 1960s, and informal methods of using shared files to pass messages were soon expanded into the first mail systems.
Most developers of early mainframes and minicomputers developed similar, but generally incompatible, mail applications. Over time, a complex web of gateways and routing systems linked many of them.
Many US universities were part of the ARPANET, created in the late 1960s.
In 1971 the first ARPANET network email was sent, introducing the now-familiar address syntax with the ‘@’ symbol designating the user’s system address.
The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) protocol was introduced in 1981.
The problem with email is that we all use it, but sometimes we do not use it as effectively as we could or should.
In this podcast we respond to questions written by our listeners as we talk about some ways to improve your email writing and usage.
If you have things that you would like us to address in a podcast, please either wend them in the comments, the contact form or the request for on the front page.
Excessive workplace stress causes a staggering 120,000 deaths and results in nearly €200 billion in health care costs each year.
This represents 5% to 8% of national health care spending, derived primarily from high demands at work (€50 billion) and work-family conflict (€25 billion).
These are some of the harmful health effects from excessive stress:
Reduced ability to cope with future stress and increased anxiety and chronic depression;
The onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
Reduced immune system functioning;
Increased inflammation and depression.
High on-the-job demands and insufficient resources contribute to stress.
In addition, an effort-rewards imbalance with perceptions of high effort and low compensation or recognition can also contribute to workplace stress.
Goals perceived as exceedingly difficult or unclear, rather than achievable challenges, are also factors in excessive stress, anger, and anxiety.
Try this survey to find out if you are at risk or are working in a stressful environment at work.
Is my workplace a stressful place?
Micro managers, annoying co-workers and unrealistic objectives - just three things known that make people stressed at work. It doesn't matter whether you're based in an office or a warehouse, being unable to cope with the pressures at work can make your life unbearable. Not only does it take its toll on you emotionally, it can leave you at higher risk of a range of physical illnesses. Stress in the workplace can lead to :
• Anxiety and chronic tension • Agitation and fits of panic • Aggression and short temper • Mood swings and disorientation • Negative self-talk • Sleeping difficulties and constant fatigue • Lack of energy • Eating more (or less), drinking more (or less) • Pessimism and despondency • Lack of motivation • Gradual withdrawal from society and friends
Take this test to evaluate if your workplace is causing you stress*.
* This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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The workplace is a very demanding, quick-paced and increasingly uncertain place in which we operate on a day-to-day basis, but does it always have to be a stressful place?.
Pressure to meet deadlines, deliverables and working with difficult people, among other factors, puts modern employees under unreasonable amounts of stress.
In fact, being constantly stressed out is so universal that many people have accepted it as unpleasant, but a way of life – it has become the norm.
While a certain amount of stress is acceptable and can actually be beneficial for you—keeping you alert and focused, helping you cope well with challenges—beyond a certain acceptable limit, stress is nothing but bad for you, if it is not channelled and managed.
Not only does it affect your mental stability but also your health, relationships, productivity at work, and overall quality of life.
People are different, so we all react differently to the same set of circumstances; something that one person may find stressful, another may regard as only mildly challenging or even normal.
How you tolerate and respond to stress depends not only on the particularities of your situation but also on what type of person you are; your natural inclinations, beliefs and behaviors.
In this podcast we look at some of the ways that workplace stress impacts people and we look at :
Stress Awareness Month happens each April. It’s important to learn some strategies for coping with this particular issue. Stress awareness Month, which always happens in April, has now been going for 19 years and things just don’t appear to be getting better. Stress can be debilitating, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems. Stress is a normal part of human existence — nobody is immune to it — it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognise when stress rears its ugly head. (Amazingly, we don’t always notice it’s happening to us.)
In this series of podcasts we will be looking at various themes concerning stress :
The statistics of stress
Signs of a stressful workplace
Stress and Covid 19
Managing & coping strategies to combat stress
Measure your workplace stress
Evaluate your stress levels.
STRESS AWARENESS MONTH IS IMPORTANT
It reminds us to pay attention to our health – According to the official website, “Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.”
It’s going strong – Stress Awareness Month has been an ongoing campaign of awareness and education since 1992 – 19 years already.
Because we’re all feeling it – A recent survey found that about two-thirds of workers report engaging in behavior such as drinking or crying regularly in order to deal with stress.
How stressed do you feel in work?
A little stressed
Not at all stressed
How stressed do you feel in life in general and the Covid 19 Pandemic?
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