Stress in the Workplace

Stress exists in all aspect of our lives. Learning how to manage our stress so that it doesn’t cause destruction is essential. When we are managing other people our demeanor has this unintentional affect on those around us. As a manager, supervisor, and business owner we are expected to have it “all under control”  when in reality… we just now how to multi-task, prioritize and MANAGE our stress. I thought that it was important to share a few things with those that might be stressed or those that don’t realize that they are stressed and that’s what is causing some of the following…

Stress in the workplace leads to…
  • Increased sickness and absence.
  • Poor decision-making.
  • An increase in mistakes which in turn may lead to more customer or client complaints. This in turn is likely to produce more stress.
  • High staff turnover.
  • Poor employee/work place relations.

So, now knowing the effects of stress. Here are a few areas where we all should perform a “self-inventory,” also known as evaluation of yourself.

Six key areas where stress should be monitored:

  • Demands – Including such issues as workload, work patterns and work environment. (See our page, Work, Life Balance for more information).
  • Control – How much say the person has in the way they do their work.
  • Support – Includes the encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation, line management and colleagues (Our pages on Coaching and Mentoring provide more ideas here).
  • Relationships – Includes promoting positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behavior. (See our pages on Mediation Skills and Workplace Bullying for more.)
  • Role – Whether people understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that the person does not have conflicting roles.
  • Change – How organisational change is managed and communicated within the organisation. (Our pages on Change Management explain organisational change in more detail.)Read more at:

When we are able to manage stresses in our enviroments in a healthy manner, the outcomes will be beneficial for all involved.

Some ways to help manage stress according to WebMD are:

Exercise… Working out regularly is one of the best ways to relax your body and mind. (Good: At the very least, 3 to 5 times for 30 minutes Better: 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise like brisk walks Best: Add 75 minutes of a vigorous exercise like swimming laps, jogging, or other sports that gets your heart rate up).

Relax Your Muscles… When you’re stressed, your muscles get tense. … Get up and stretch, take a walk around the office. Take a break.

Deep Breathing… in through your nose out through your mouth. Meditation techniques.

Eat Well… Eat healthy. Make time for a lunch break. Greasy and fattening foods will weigh you down, so eat something that is healthy, fruits and veggies.

Slow Down… We all have to tell ourselves to slow down, think things through, prioritize your tasks. Sometimes making a list helps for those of us who are visual being able to see your progress can help.

Make Time for Hobbies… Take time for yourself after work. Yes, we all have things that we need to get done but rejuvenation is good for our bodies AND MIND.

Talk About Your Problems… find a mentor, a good listener. It can help to vocally talk it out.

I am sure these are things that we all know, but sometimes we all need reminders.

Please feel free to add any techniques or tips that you might have for others, you can do so simply by commenting below.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day and remember to smile.

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