Stress in the Workplace

April 1, 2017 | Isaac Han

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While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance—and impact your physical and emotional health. Often, your ability to deal with stress can mean the difference between success and failure in any kind of work. You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless—even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation. Whatever your work demands or ambitions, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of stress and improve your job satisfaction.

Stress isn’t always bad. Stress within your comfort zone can help you stay focused and able to meet new challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes. But in today’s work environment, you can easily become overwhelmed by the stress even before you realize. However, when stress exceeds your comfort zone, it is no longer being helpful and can start causing major problems to your everything, literally. 

 Some of the signs of excessive stress are:

  • Feeling anxious, irritable, depressed, loss of interest in many things
  • Problems sleeping, concentrating on tasks
  • Feeling tired all the time, including some physical and health problems
  • Loss of social interest 
  • Beginning of alcohol and/or drugs to cope with the stress

 

Although there are many, some of  the common causes in the workplace stress are:

  • Fear of being laid off, or, losing your job altogether
  • More overtime due to staff cutbacks
  • Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but with no increase in job satisfaction
  • Pressure to work at optimum levels—all the time!

 

What to do about about it? Although there is no one perfect solution, one can try the following:

  1. Put a priority on face-to-face social contact with supportive people around you
  2. Set a time, hopefully, each day when you completely disconnect from technology stuff
  3. Move your body frequently—don't sit for more than an hour
  4. Make laughter and play a priority - humour is a potent tool to use for your advantage
  5. Reduce your intake of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine
  6. Get all the restful sleep that you need to feel your best - including, if you can, a power nap

 

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