Stress At Work

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 5, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

Stress has been referred to as the “silent killer” and affects so many people in today’s society. Many jobs come with a lot of pressure and as you build your way up the career ladder the pressure and responsibilities increase which often results in even more stress.

Some people think of stress as simply “part of the job” while others recognise its potentially dangerous effect on our lives and try to manage their stress levels by consciously doing activities to destress and disconnect from work.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • workplace (noun)
  • society (noun)
  • destress (verb)
  • personally (adverb)
  • recognise (verb)
  • dangerous (adjective)
  • manage (verb)

Conversation Questions

  • What are the best ways to cope with the stress of work?
  • Do you get stressed with your job?
  • Do you think stress is a big problem in today’s society?
  • How dangerous do you think high-stress levels are?
  • What things do you think people should do to try and reduce stress?
  • What do you think would personally help you to destress?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.