Stress in the office environment is just a normal everyday occurrence. There are deadlines, heavy workloads, unfriendly coworkers, the list goes on…
Over time this stress can really take its toll on you, physically, mentally and when your health suffers, so does your company’s productivity, profits and the overall growth of the business.
When it’s not handled correctly, stress can become your ultimate weakness. The pressure can turn the tasks you normally manage with ease and perfection into calamity and misfortune.
We aren’t going to be able to avoid stress but, we can adjust and modify our reaction to it…
- Procedure: When we are under stress we tend to make decisions very quickly and often we do it with very little information. If you have a procedure in place, it will force you to take the necessary steps so that you get all the information you need prior to taking action.
- Resources: When you are on the defense due to stress, you might not be open and receptive to information around you. In fact it is these times in which we really need to consult our coworkers and get the opinions of others around us. It is important not to cut yourself off and make sure you put forth the effort to connect with the people around you.
- Don’t lose ground: When we are stressed, it is nature that tells us to run and hide. You need to not let yourself do that, rather work on improving and growing yourself. As you have more and more responsibility, you will need to raise your level of self-perception and how you manage others and yourself.
It is important to tackle the causes of stress in the workplace and learn how to deal with them. As it can lead to problems for you, your employees, and the overall office environment.
They could include lowered self-esteem and poor concentration skills for your staff. There also may be rising customer complaints, staff turnover and days lost to sickness.
You might never be able to fully eliminate stress, it can be significantly reduced with practices that improve how you react to it.
Remember that, in any corporation, productivity is the key to progress and success. This includes, methods, motivation and other stress crushing practices at the office.
How do you handle your response to stress in the office?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC. We work with successful top executives with a driving ambition to crush their competition. We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com
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