To help workers escape from the grip of on-the-job stress, companies must hire the right number of employees to handle the workload and slow down the avalanches of electronic communication by e-mailing only when truly necessary, writes work-issues author David Posen. Other steps to take: Recognize that productivity plummets after 40 hours of work a week and avoid assigning more, and selectively trim your staff of people who are causing problems for others.

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