Workplace Stress – How To Beat It
A recent survey from a company that provides employee assistance programs as well as resources and reports on behavioural health, found that around 59 percent of all employees describe themselves as “highly stressed.” But what causes these high levels of stress at work? According to their data, the top three causes of work stress were workload (39%), people issues (31%), and juggling work and personal life (19%). Add into that the recent COVID-19 Pandemic, working from home, having to look after children and work at the same time and no wonder stress levels are at an all-time high!
It’s entirely possible to keep work stress at bay by putting in place a few proactive strategies. That’s where science-backed Microsteps come into play— small behavioral changes you can implement that make a big difference — and they’re a great place to start addressing these major workplace stressors.
Here are a few that can help reduce your stress levels at work:
The stressor: Workload
The Microstep: In the morning, write down your priorities for the day.
Decide what’s important and what’s isn’t. This is a key step to reducing stress and improving productivity. Everything on your agenda seems important, but in reality, it’s entirely possible to prioritise your day, evaluate deadlines and then take it from there. A cool, calm approach will always put you on the right track for success. Communication is also key – are you going to miss a deadline? Tell someone, can then help, can they be your sound board. A problem shared is always better than kept to yourself, adding to stress.
The stressor: People issues
The Microstep: In meetings and one-on-ones, ask others to talk about their intuition.
Having to interact with co-workers you may not know well can be stressful. What’s the person’s agenda? How will they react to your suggestions? What are their concerns? An effective way to break through the stress of the unknown in meetings, and to expedite solutions to problems — is to ask people about their intuition.
When you encourage people to share what they might otherwise keep to themselves, you’ll surface fresh new ideas and solutions. Plus, it will help start the conversation and make the other person feel seen and heard.
The stressor: Juggling personal and work-life
The Microstep: During a walk or break, think about what’s going well in your life — and what you want to change.
There’s no such thing as achieving a perfect “work-life balance,” but we can — and should — feel empowered to leave our work stress at work, and bring our whole selves home at the end of the day in order to recharge and spend time doing something that makes us thrive.
It’s helpful to step back and take inventory of our lives — at home, work, and at play — and determine what, if anything, we want to change. Examining our own successes, challenges, and hopes isn’t self-indulgent. On the contrary, we have a unique ability to build self-awareness through reflection. This is especially true when it comes to evaluating our career path and how it intersects with our personal life.
Article taken and adapted from Entrepreneur.
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