Stress in the workplace is unfortunately very common.
Employers have a duty of care to prevent harmful stress, and should work to introduce policies and procedures to reduce it.
However, those policies will need to backed-up by action. Simply putting them in place as ‘lip-service’ won’t do.
Stress management should be a collaborative effort between individuals and their employer, through clear communication and skilled leadership.
But what can people at work do to reduce stress when the signs begin to appear? Here are five quick tips from BounceBack:
You don’t need to be perfect. Setting unrealistic goals for yourself will only set you up to fail. Aim to do your best; you can’t do more than that.
Reject negative thinking. Try to think positively about your work, avoid negative co-workers, and give yourself credit when it’s due. Remember that most setbacks are temporary and should be treated as something to learn from.
Focus on what you can control. Many things at work are beyond our control, especially the behaviour of other people. Instead of feeling stressed over them focus on what you can control, such as the way you choose to react and then behave towards problems.
Take a break. You can remove yourself from a stressful situation. Take short breaks whenever you can, and always use your holiday entitlement. This is vital to avoiding burnout.
Talk about it. Ultimately, if things don’t seem to be improving, speak to your manager about any concerns you have. As mentioned earlier, employers should take stress management and employee wellbeing seriously and help their employees.
Our Stress Management eLearning course expands on the reasons why we feel stress in everyday life, and then explains logical solutions for reducing it.
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