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Work Stress Keeping You Up at Night?

By Darshana K | Feb 14, 2019

Employee productivity, stress, and work-life balance is always first on the HR leader list. A lot of thought is given to ensure that the employees are highly productive while keeping the delicate work/life balance.

“According to World Psychiatry, employee stress is a prolonged response to chronic emotional and interpersonal stressors on the job. The response has three key dimensions: overwhelming enervation, feelings of disbelief and remoteness from the job, sense of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.”

It’s important to realize that employee stress is not typically the result of a single factor, such as working too many hours or having a demanding boss. Restructuring means anxiety over job security, which is why the topic weighs heavily on both individuals and organizations. 

Stress doesn’t exactly make you less productive but it can strip away your ability to concentrate on the work assigned and make you feel that you are incompetent. Stress may kill motivation which in turn starts a vicious cycle of negative feedback. Thankfully however there are ways and means to help us all deal with stress at the workplace. Let’s quickly walk through the five steps that can help us overcome the burnout of stress at the workplace.

Identify the Root Cause

You know you are stressed but do you know why? Most of us walk around on the edge without even knowing the reason why we are anxious, demotivated and unproductive. Whether it is the inability to meet deadlines, the irritating and chatty coworker, the unreasonable boss, distraction of social media…the problem cannot be resolved unless you get to the root of the matter.  But once you have identified the root cause, you can take the necessary steps to regaining your focus.

Balance Life to Balance Work

“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” - Heather Schuck.  Truer word has never been said! End of the day, it is a fact that we live inside our heads as much as we live outside. Unless we are able to sort our personal/internal issues, we may not be able to balance the work life. Take the time out to spend time with family and friends, have mandatory me-time, work on health and fitness and this, in turn, changes everything for the better. Even work issues.

Mindfulness To The Rescue

Mindfulness is something that the gurus across the ages across cultures have been advocating to enable a fuller, happier and in the present life. When you are self-aware, limitations are understood better, thus helping you to take better steps to manage limitations and expectations. Challenges are then undertaken in a more reasonable manner and it helps you balance emotional responses to issues that may be out of your control. Mindfulness will help you from the negative response to neutral and to even productive when you learn to channel your energies to solving a problem instead of worrying about them.

Ask and You Shall Receive

A great manager always delegates, a productive employee always asks for help as needed instead of putting the project deadline at risk.  Asking for help does not mean handing over your work to others. It means asking people to pitch in, in an emergency to achieve the imminent project deadline. Always ensure that you put in your best efforts before asking for help. Go to your boss with a solution and the list of skills needed. This will help him understand that you are being proactive and most of all ensure that you clearly communicate what you need (resources, skills, tools etc.) to complete the project.

Do You Love Your Job?

Never lose sight of the fact of why you took up the job in the first place? What about the job still excites you, what gets you out of bed, bright eyed and bushy tailed every day. Life comes with its own ups, downs, joys, and sorrows. Keeping in sight what makes you truly happy and chasing that, will help balance out associated stress triggers.  List the pros and cons and continue to love what you do. For the rest bring in a structure of coping strategies to minimize the damage of stress. And most of all, remember that all issues at work are solvable and you have the innate ability to do so. All you have to do is to get your priorities right.

 

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Darshana K

HR Leader
Darshana oversees the HR strategies and processes of the organization. She is responsible for integrating and aligning the HR functions with other business processes of the organization. She is a stickler for structure and processes and efficiently manages the company's most valuable resources. Her exemplary people management skills have provided the organization with the much-needed edge. She loves traveling, and in her free time researches and plans the next travel destination.