Managing Stress at Work to Increase Productivity
Work-related stress poses a risk to employee health and, in turn, to business welfare. Consequently, reducing workplace stress is one of the most efficient ways to improve employee spirits and increase business productivity. To lower work stress, business leaders and workers do not have to look outside themselves. Rather, they must conduct self-assessments to manage how they respond to challenges, variables, expectations and undesirable circumstances.
Common causes of job-related stress include poor work environment, unrealistic deadlines, inadequate resources, long work hours and unsupportive management. Job stress can also involve outside factors that employees take to work. Irrespective of the stress origin, the focus has to be on the individual. Using one or a combination of the following techniques, employees can lessen work strain.
Researchers link exercise to mental and physiological benefits. Exercise can elevate mood and dissipate stress. By offering workout perquisites, companies can foster an environment that encourages employees to exercise. Such policy is not limited to large companies. Small business leadership can find creative and cost-effective ways to implement workout options. For example, small businesses can give employees 20-minute walk time-outs, instead of corporate gym memberships. These memberships are often more conducive to larger businesses financially. Employees can also exercise independently.
The benefits of exercise are plenty. Among other advantages, studies link exercise to increased stamina, improved self-image, enriched concentration, improved work habits and increased relaxation levels. These benefits set the ideal foundation for boosting work productivity.
2. Eliminate Destructive Habits
Unhealthy habits perpetuate and provoke stress. Self-critical behavior can be destructive and counter-productive, especially when an employee needs confidence to complete duties. Employees with perfectionist tendencies must learn not to agonize over small matters, as perfection can be an unworkable goal. By sleeping well, eating well and giving self-praise, employees can begin to feel better and perform better.
Other positive habits to adopt are good organizational skills and time management. Many people who experience extreme stress often mention inadequate time to fulfill obligations. With a clear plan, these individuals can use their time more suitably and realistically. For example, an employee can learn to decline an assignment when time does not allow it, rather than over-committing.
3. Obtain Positive Company and Laugh
Laughter and positive company can help diminish stress. By laughing and smiling more, employees can make stressful situations less tense. By spending time with optimistic people, employees can expel negative, stressful activities for more relaxing and pleasing endeavors.
Managing stress at work and increasing productivity correspond with managing individual behavior. Certain circumstances are beyond personal control. However, the manner that people choose to respond to events is controllable.
Written by: Annabelle
Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.