Welcome back dear reader. This post is the second part of my earlier post, Stressed?
I started working in an organization earlier this year and I can totally relate with workplace stress, the office is a very good place to get stressed, lol. There are many strategies that can help control stress and reduce its impact to a person or in the workplace.
Where stress in the workplace is caused, for example, by a physical agent, it is best to control it at its source. If the workplace is too loud, control measures to deal with the noise should be implemented where ever possible. If you are experiencing pain from repetitive strain, workstations can be re-designed to reduce repetitive and strenuous movements. Job design is also an important factor in stress management. A good job design accommodates employees’ mental and physical abilities.
Some of the following measures could be taken to minimize or control workplace stress:
- The job should be reasonably demanding and provide the employee with at least a minimum of variety in job tasks.
- The employee should be able to learn on the job and be allowed to continue to learn as their career progresses.
- The job should comprise some area of decision-making that the individual can call his or her own.
- There should be some degree of social support and recognition in the workplace.
- The employee should feel that the job leads to some sort of desirable future.
- Employers should treat all employees in a fair and respectful manner.
- Employers should take stress seriously and be understanding to staff under too much pressure.
- Employees should be involved in decision-making and allowed to make input directly or through committees, etc.
- Managers should be encouraged to have an understanding attitude.
- Incorporate stress prevention or positive mental health promotion in policies or your corporate mission statement.
- Make sure staff has the training, skills and resources they need to be successful in their positions.
- Employees should be allowed to have control over the tasks they do as much as possible.
- Individuals’ results and skills should be valued and recognized.
- Employers should be clear about job expectations.
- Bullying or harassment in any form should not be tolerated.
- Signs that employees are under pressure or feeling stressed should not be ignored.
- Providing breaks and nap-times for employees.
- Time and resources should be increased for completing specific job tasks.
- Matching job description with employee skills and qualifications.
- Creating clear promotion and reward pathways.
- Physical hazards should be eliminated.
- The use of personal protective equipment should be promoted.
A healthy working environment is one in which there is not only an absence of harmful conditions but an abundance of health promoting ones, it is an environment in which staff have made health and health promotion a priority and part of their working lives.
TIPS FOR CONTROLLING STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Start Your Day off Right: When you start off the day with planning, good nutrition, and a positive attitude, you might find that the stress of your job rolls off your back more easily. I make positive affirmations when I enter my office in the morning, I declare that it’s a good day with minimal mistakes and maximum productivity, I even speak to the office equipment sometimes, has a printer or scanner ever frustrated you?
Be Clear on Requirements: If you don’t know exactly what is expected of you, you might become extremely stressed. Try as much as possible to know your job description so you don’t spend energy doing minimal tasks while your major tasks are left hanging.
Stay Away From Conflict: Conflict among co-workers can be difficult to escape, so it’s a good idea to avoid conflict at work as much as you can. It’s not even advisable to be in bad terms with someone you spend the greater part of your day with, you need peace of mind at work. Interpersonal conflict takes a toll on your physical and emotional health.
Stay Organized: You cannot just afford to be disorganized at work, it would stress you out and waste your time. Keep things where you can easily find them, it makes things easier. Imagine looking for a flash drive that is needed urgently just because you don’t know where you kept it, or looking for an important file because you failed to file it properly.
Be Comfortable: Don’t get too comfortable, the office is not your bedroom, but be comfortable enough to work well. Little things like office noise can be distracting and cause feelings of low-grade frustration. Do what you can to create a quiet, comfortable, and soothing workspace. Your chair should be comfortable, your screen brightness should be comfortable too. Do not starve yourself.
Keep Perfectionism in Check: The fear of making mistakes is a mistake. Understand that you might not be able to do everything perfectly, every time, especially in a busy, fast-paced job. Don’t overbeat yourself over mistakes, rather learn from them and move on, even the highest authority in your workplace makes mistakes sometimes. Know this and know peace.
Listen to Music on the Drive Home: Playing an uplifting song while you make breakfast can help you start the day off feeling better prepared to interact with the people in your life. Likewise, combating the stress of a long day with your favorite music on the drive home can help you wind down and feel less stressed when you get there. I don’t drive yet, but I always have my earpiece on when I’m going home from work, I tell you, it is therapeutic.
Take Breaks when Necessary: Sometimes you will feel overwhelmed, take a nap, take a walk, have a friendly chat, take a drink, anything to make you relax a bit.
Eat Well: This point is coming up because it is possible to get so busy that you forget to eat. I am a living witness to that. You might not always feel hungry, but always remember that your body needs the food, even if you feel like you don’t.
Despite the fact that stress is a part of our daily lives, mental and physical health are also very important. When measures are taken to reduce stress levels, especially in the workplace, productivity is increased. Remember that stress is a silent killer, if it kills you, you will be replaced, the job will continue without you and life will go on. So, in as much as you want to be diligent and productive in your work place, keep stress in check, you owe it to yourself.
Thank you for reading. See you soon.