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Five Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Posted by Randy Anderson on November 25, 2016 at 12:00 AM


Today’s guest Randy Anderson, co-founder of E3 Professional Trainers, teaches us five ways that you can reduce stress in the workplace. Randy Anderson provides workplace and life training for companies and individuals. Learn how to increase fulfillment in your workplace environment and personal life.

Stress and its Management in our Workplaces

Stress is the psychological and physical state as a result of insufficient resources to cope with the demands and pressures of a situation. Thus, stress is more likely in some situations than others and in some individuals than others. Stress can undermine the achievement of goals, both for individuals and for organizations.

Situations that are likely to cause stress in professional environments are those that are unpredictable or uncontrollable, uncertain, ambiguous or unfamiliar, or involving conflict, loss or performance expectations. Stress may be caused by time limited events, such as the pressures of examinations or work deadlines, or by ongoing situations, such as family demands, job insecurity etc.

Stress can also be caused by work based factors such as long hours, work overload, technology, lack of breaks and even poor working conditions (for example, space, light, temperature). In summary, things that cause stress at work are usually not bad things and the effects of stress on individuals in workplaces could also produce positive effects as some do best people in stressful situations.

While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with productivity and performance and have impacts on your physical and emotional health. Often, your ability to deal with stress (taking the bull by the horn) can be the difference between success and failure at work. You can’t control everything in your work environment, but it doesn’t make you powerless even in difficult situations.

Five Steps to Reduce Stress in Your Workplace:

  • Initiate positive relationships at work and beyond.
  • Time balance- get up and moving, don’t stay idle.
  • Regain control by prioritizing and organizing.
  • Increase the effectiveness of your communication.
  • Look for humor in what seems like a bad situation. It helps psychologically.

Stress that occurs in professional settings can be caused by other people as they tend to transfer their stress from ill health, family demands, loss of work focus, lack of sleep, distractions and even added job responsibilities. 

These can be reduced by:

  • Trying to keep focus on the issue at hand and not the personality of these individuals.
  • Searching for solutions rather than finding the faults or mistakes of these individuals (Don’t get caught in someone’s tornado).

Stress caused by colleagues can be so frustrating that we are affected and stressed by their actions without even knowing. This presents a delicate situation; however it can be addressed by being honest about the situation and encouraging yourself and colleagues to face the situation clearly and amicably without procrastination. Team work and team spirit can also be key in your ability to avoid tense situations.

Stress in professional environments is sometimes inevitable. However, when stress is managed properly, the negative impact is drastically reduced.

The benefits of reduced stress in the workplace can also lead to:

  • Feeling better both before and after work
  • Enjoying your work/career
  • Becoming a better person/team player
  • Better attitude towards colleagues
  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness