Stress has become such a common ailment in the modern workplace that most just regard it as an inescapable side effect of making a living.
But it is a big problem and can worsen health and may even prompt extreme behavior, as AOL Jobs previously reported. The United Nations-run International Labor Organization has even labeled work-related stress as an occupational disease.
What can you do if you're among the third of American workers who suffers from chronic stress? You can be proactive and try to work it out with your boss. But if that doesn't help, it might be time to look for a new job.
Business Insider recently released a report of the 20 least stressful employers based on a survey of companies that appeared on the 2012 Fortune 500 list. Here are 11 that are hiring.
1. General Cable
What they do: General Cable is a cable, manufacturing and engineering company based in Highland Heights, Ky. It develops and distributes copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and other cable products for the energy, communications and other industries.
Who they're looking for: Electricians, sales managers, product engineers, accountants and others.
2. Sonic Automotive Inc
What they do: Sonic Automotive operates over 100 dealerships in 14 states, where it provides many services, including new and used car sales, sales of replacement parts and vehicle maintenance. The automotive retail giant is based in Charlotte, NC.
Who they're looking for: Technicians, marketing director and automotive dealership controllers.
3. NextEra Energy Inc
What they do: NextEra Energy is a clean energy supplier based in Juno Beach, Fla. With a staff of nearly 15,000, NextEra services Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin with clean, emissions-free electricity.
Who they're looking for: Splicing coordinators
4. Weyerhaeuser Co
What they do: Weyerhaeuser owns or controls over 6 million acres of timberlands, making it the largest private owner of forested land in the world. It provides a variety of forest products, including building, paper and packaging products, wood chips and pulp. The Federal Way, Wash.-based company also builds homes and develops land.
Who they're looking for: Sales managers, engineers, mechanical technicians, electricians and others.
5. Celanese Corp
What they do: Celanese is a global technology and speciality materials company is based Dallas, Texas. A leading chemical producer, Celanese also produces paints and coatings, textiles, automotive applications, consumer and medical applications and others.
Who they're looking for: Administrative assistants, engineers, marketing managers, electricians and others.
6. Enterprise Products Partners LP
What they do: Enterprise Products processes natural gas, crude oil and other products that are ultimately used in petrochemical manufacturing, the production of motor gasoline and as fuel for residential and commercial heating.. Based in Houston, Texas, the energy company operates over 50,000 miles of pipelines.
Who they're looking for: Engineers
7. J.M. Smucker Co.
What they do: J.M. Smucker is a food producer best known for its Smucker's fruit spreads. The Orrville, Ohio-based public company also makes ice creams toppings, coffee, health and natural foods, beverages, shortening and natural peanut butter.
Who they're looking for: Processing operators, engineers, plant technicians, human resources workers and clerks.
8. CIT Group Inc.
What they do: CIT Group is a financial services provider with headquarters in New York City. After declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009, the publicly traded has since regained much of its stock value.
Who they're looking for: Vice Presidents, account specialists, analysts, accountants and others.
9. The Hershey Company
What they do: The Hershey Company is the largest chocolate manufacturer in the United States. Among the oldest chocolate companies in the country, Hershey's has expanded its reach to international markets, including China, Mexico and Brazil. The company is headquartered in Hershey Pennsylvania, near Hershey's Chocolate World.
Who they're looking for: Sales representatives, production supervisors, nurses, managers, IT auditors and others.
10. Colgate-Palmolive Co
What they do: New York City-based Colgate-Palmolive is a consumer products company that produces and distributes personal care products that include soaps, detergents, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Its subsidiary, Hill's Pet Nutrition, manufactures pet food and products.
Who they're looking for: Technicians, programmers, salespeople, drivers, engineers and others.
11. AGCO Corp
What they do: Based in Duluth, Ga., AGCO is an agricultural equipment manufacturer that offers tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers and forage and tillage equipment. It manages over 20 brands which are sold in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Who they're looking for: Robotic and manual welders, electricians, assemblers, CNC machinists and others.