Stress is costing each industry big time. Billions of dollars are spent annually in illnesses, diminished productivity, absenteeism, burnout etc. There is no surprise to the fact that a lot of companies have been fighting the epidemic of stress aggressively with an armory of anti-stress initiatives. However, the nagging question still remains unanswered. If all the stress management programs are so efficient, why a lot of workers are still stressed out?
The answer possibly lies in the fact that several organizations are simply trying too hard. In an attempt to reduce stress, they are in reality adding to it. Their success programs may be well-intentioned but they are quite complex and time-consuming, they’re heavy on theory and requires a lot of reading and recalling. As a result, these programs don’t connect with employees on their level.
Remember, what individuals who are stressed lack the most is patience and time. They do not have a single minute to be a part of the lengthy stress seminars. They hold very little patience to sift through wordy guides and procedures to uncover those rare nuggets of advice that is relevant to their situation. Some stress program merely addresses the symptoms of stress instead of eliminating the causes. They have a very little lasting effect. Workers soon become cynical and frustrated, believing that nothing will work out, and start over with their costly, stressful ways.
Human resources and management professionals can overcome these obstacles and effectively manage stress and “reach” their employees with certain solutions that not only connect with the employees but also stick with them. A nice way to began is to present employees with simple, candid and targeted strategies that they can quickly incorporate in their lives, specifically techniques that gather their attention and provide results. Make sure that these strategies are less intrusive, take little in their implementation, and get the user started on the correct track, with the right attitude.
Follow the below-mentioned strategies to significantly reduce workplace stress.
1. Execute one thing at a time.
Do it well. Do it mindfully. Enjoy the satisfaction. Then move to the next thing. Multitasking is great sometimes but not all the time. Make sure you’re focused on one task at a time.
Accomplishing several things at once consumes more time overall as compared to doing them sequentially. Also, it consumes an excessive amount of mental energy, so you fatigue more quickly. Lack of focus also results in unreliable performance, careless mistakes, and shoddy work. Worst of all, when you have to redo things. This is not the correct way to do things. Give undivided attention to whatever you’re doing. Take time to get it perfect. In this way, you’ll not only be more productive but less stressed, in a long run.
2. Be a team player.
It’s less stressful and more productive to work as a team. When you distribute the responsibility and work among your colleagues the pressure eases, and everyone becomes more cooperative with a sense of responsibility. By contributing work we can easily balance out our collective strengths and weaknesses. Let go the urge to put it all on yourself or take all the credit. Society is all about team effort and success most satisfying when everyone’s involved.
3. Forget about deadlines. How about startlines?
For everybody so obsessed with the completion of the project, we’re all too casual about the time to get it started. And this is the most critical aspect of all. It clearly explains why so many deadlines weren’t met. Rather than stressing over something which is due, focus towards getting it underway. Set a “start-time.” A start-time can be described as a time before which it’s vital for you to get the project started so that it’s not performed in a slapdash and rushed manner. Stick to your start time, as it not only assures unhurried and efficient performance but eliminates workplace stress and anxiety that goes with it.
4. Stand up and stretch.
Especially when you have a sedentary lifestyle at work. Your day at work shouldn’t be like a nine-hour plane journey. From time to time get up from your chair, stand and stretch your legs and arms. Take a walk, climb stairs, roll your head, bend from side to side as it will enhance blood flow, loosen cramped joints and muscles, and relieve you from workplace stress. Give yourself a quick tune-up at least once in two to three hour.
5. Maintain your presence of mind.
It’s very easy to get flustered, panic and moreover, lose your tranquility when you’re pressured and rushed. Your mistake level rises, carelessness abounds and civility usually goes out the window. This makes the things worst. Therefore, practice maintaining your presence of mind in pressure situations. Take deep breaths as well as approach the crisis with control and calmness. You’ll realize that you can actually handle things more efficiently and efficiently when you strive to keep yourself cool.