When it comes tolowering stress at work, studies from around the world have yieldeda set offive tips, with advice ranging from grabbing 40 winks atyour deskto taking your pet to work.
The first tip highlighted by New Scientist magazine isthatworkers should be sociable - but not too sociable.
British research has shown that sociability is good forthehealth, with a study of thousands of civil servants revealingthatmoral support from colleagues, encouragement from supervisorsandclear direction from bosses kept stress levels down.
Male civil servants who lacked support in the workplace were31per cent more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression,andwomen 43 per cent.
However, too much socializing could lead to work piling up.
The second tip is to ensure your surroundings are as pleasantaspossible.
Simply being able to see your colleagues makes the workingdaymuch more manageable, with the border=1 Height of partitionsdividing upoffice space affecting stress levels.
Surprisingly, the higher the partition is, the morepeoplecomplain about noise from their neighbours.
Research from the University of Montreal shows that theoptimumpartition border=1 Height is 4ft 3ins (1.3m) - high enoughto provideprivacy but low enough to ensure staff do not feelisolated.
The third piece of advice for workers is to learn toswitchoff.
Mobile phones and other electronic equipment should beswitchedoff after hours to allow burnt-out brain cells torecharge.
Playing with a cat or dog can also aid relaxation and ifworkerscan persuade their boss to let them into the office then thedaywill fly by. Read more :