Earlier this week I blogged about handling frustrations at work and how important it is because it can trigger health problems. Here are a few more tips on how to handle stress at work.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), of employees surveyed between 40-50% have reported that their job is “very” stressful and 26% report frequent burnout or stress from their employment. Those are pretty high figures that are occurring on a regular basis.
As we know stress can cause all types of emotional and physical problems. It is obvious by these figures why so many people do not do their best at work. Even in the smallest of businesses there will be stressful times and the more people who are working in stressful conditions under one roof the higher the stress and burnout rate.
There are specific approaches we can take to help reduce stress in the work place. One such approach could be to talk with those you work with and let them know about the stress you are feeling and find out if they also are feeling stressed.
This will help you to keep things in perspective, as some people get stressed out easier than others. It may also help to hear how others are handling the same situation that you are in. Strive to work as a team for balance and understanding in order to more easily respond to a workload, which may vary from day to day.
For example in the office I work in there are some days that the patient schedule is just plain crazy. If we (the whole staff) talk about this as a team and plan together how to handle the more stressful days it makes it better as we know we are not alone. We are all working together to make it a better day for everyone.
Open communication is a way of reducing that stressful feeling. If you can communicate how you feel and why, often this lifts that tightness between your shoulders and also lets your supervisors or employers know how stressful work can get for you.
Talk to each other about being able to say “No” to some things that just may tip you over the edge. All employees need to have that “balanced” feeling in their job duties as this is a vital key in making work more enjoyable.
When you feel that you have no choice and have to accept more than you can handle you start to spiral downward. Don’t forget that taking time for a few deep breaths and taking a walk on your break is another good way to break that stressed feeling. It is self-awareness and self-management that will help you to feel better. Take the time to talk about this important topic with your work team. You definitely will be glad you did.