While many people enjoy their job, most experience stress at some point during their working hours. Stressful situations in the workplace can impact an employee’s performance, as well as, his or her physical and emotional well-being. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with workplace stress. Next time you are feeling “stressed out” on the job, try the following suggestions:
- Plan and Prioritize. Do not panic, set realistic deadlines, don’t rush into the first idea you have and always have an alternate plan.
- Focus on what you can control. Create a list to prioritize your work; break larger tasks into smaller, more doable steps.
- Slow down. Think things through before you act and begin each task with a result in mind.
- Take a break. Walking away from a task for a few minutes or discussing your situation with another person may help you gain a fresh perspective.
- Think outside the box. Search for alternatives that save time and money, approach situations from a new angle or ask a colleague for input if you are feeling stuck.
- Use all your resources. Seek the help of co-workers, advice from your supervisor or investigate external resources for solving a problem or handling a situation.
- Keep in contact. Consistently communicate with co-workers, supervisors and customers. Their priorities and deadlines could change (and so can yours), so proper communication will ensure that everyone is on the same page.
If you feel you are unable to manage your stress on your own, you may consider utilizing the Employee Assistance Program offered through The Guardian. All employees of Montgomery Enterprises, Inc. are eligible to receive counseling by professional counselors for such issues as workplace stress, conflict resolution or other personal matters you may be coping with at home. All information discussed during your session(s) will remain confidential. Information on the EAP program was provided to all employees in their insurance open enrollment packets in November. You may also contact me with any questions or for additional information.
Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle. ~Bill Phillips
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.