Stress In The Workplace

Stress in the workplace can be caused by many things.

Do you feel that you have too much to do and not enough time?

Do you think you work long hours and have too many responsibilities?

Do you have conflict with other coworkers or being pressured by boss?

Or perhaps you feel that your job security is under threat.

If so, then workplace stress could be affecting you, your organization and the society at large.

Workplace stress results in increased absenteeism, reduced productivity and performance. For the individual, workplace stress can significantly affect your health. Do you display any of these symptoms of stress?

Whether you experience workplace stress depends on the job you are doing, your psychological make-up and factors such as your general health and personal life.

While workplace stress should ultimately be dealt with at the organizational level, there are many things you can do to deal with stress in the workplace

You may be confronted with long work hours, tight deadlines, conflicting roles, boring work, over or under supervision, harassment and poor relationships with others, to name a few.

Here are some of the many things you can do if you are suffering from workplace stress

  • Consider the changes that you need to take to reduce your stress, and then take action. Some of these changes you can do yourself, but for others you may need cooperation from others.
  • Discuss your concerns with your employer.
  • Look after yourself. When stressed it is important to maintain a healthy diet and adequate exercise.
  • I have known people to find a quite place at work, or in their lunch hour where they can practice relaxation strategies such as meditation or yoga. Similarly, some of these deep breathing exercises can help to activate the relaxation response and counter the stress hormones in the body.
  • Make time for yourself. These time management at work tips may be beneficial to you.

For more tips on dealing with workplace stress, see stress at work for short and long term strategies to deal with stress, or return back to our work stress page.

See professional help from a counselor, psychologist or doctor if you feel that work stress is a continual problem for you, despite your best efforts.

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