It’s a fact of life that the workplace is going to be a place that involves and creates stress at some point or another. From basic human interactions that can lead to conflicts, office politics, criticisms, pressures to perform, pressures to sell and make money, pressures to balance numerous priorities and deadlines. Whatever the stress may be, being unable to properly handle stress in the workplace can lead to burnout and can wreak havoc on one’s personal life as well. And, the fact is, the less stress a worker feels, the more productive and efficient that worker will be.
Here are some tips for managing a stressful work environment.
- Communicate and Be Assertive. Many people let their stress at work build up and then they just vent to other coworkers or friends and family. This isn’t healthy for many reasons, because it doesn’t actually resolve the issues at hand. In fact, it can sometimes make things worse, because you learn to not only dwell on things and get constantly worked up over them, but you also drag others into it and can become a negative influence and distraction to others. Communicate your feelings to the appropriate parties. Be assertive and honest about your feelings. The more you can communicate your concerns with the appropriate people to get something done about it, the better off you will be.
- Remain Calm During Confrontation. If there is any kind of confrontation, whether between you and your boss or you and your coworkers, it’s important that you remain calm and professional. This can be hard in emotionally charged situations, but it is best that you take a moment to not only evaluate what’s going on before you respond, but also determine whether or not your interpretation of what’s going on is correct and how you choose to respond to the situation is in your best interest in the long run.
- Move On Emotionally. Once you’ve dealt with an issue, move on from it emotionally. The more emotional baggage that you hang onto, the less productive you will be. It is best to deal with things head on and then just move on from it. Put it to rest and move on. Life is far too short!
- Work on Yourself. A lot of the issues that we deal with at work and how we manage them have to do with our own self-esteem, how we feel about ourselves, and situations that are going on outside of the workplace. Make sure that you’re taking proper care of yourself and that you have an understanding of what you offer to the company and the qualities you bring to the table. Remember that a few criticisms are not always what you may make them out to be. You might make them out to be criticisms about you as a person or you as a worker, when in reality, it’s only about a specific situation or circumstance. This way of thinking will help you learn to accept constructive criticisms in the workplace and improve upon your work, making you an even better asset to the company.
These are just a few tips for learning to manage stress at the workplace. For additional training on how to better manage stress at the workplace, consider the Dale Carnegie Online Course entitled “Managing Workplace Stress”. For a list of upcoming dates and times or to register, click here.