Let’s talk about Addicti...

Why do you think most of the people at workplaces meet with the addiction behaviors such as the use of drugs and alcohol? It would be obvious that you or some of your colleagues might be using alcohol or drugs now and then. Isn’t it? But, what do you think that is causing you or […]

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M-A-D @ Workplace { Manage Add...

Are you a frequent smoker and reasoning it as  “Due to high tension at workplace” Are you an alcoholic and reasoning it as “Heavy stress at workplace” Are you a drug abuser and reasoning it as “I can be more creative in workplace”     “Research and statistics shows that social drinker or drug user […]

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How I lost my job???

What could be a bigger heartbreak than when you realise that “YOU ARE FIRED”. And it is because of your addiction. Hello, am Alex (name changed) a successful employee of a reputed company. I had won “The employee of the year” award for two consecutive years now. Like all individuals in this almost rounded globe […]

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Happiness at Workplace

Happy workplaces bring about huge advantages, not just for the people but also for the organizations. Yes, you read it right! Research shows that employees at happy workplaces are more successful and productive in their jobs. Do you know according to this survey it is believed that happy salespeople sell about 37% more products and […]

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Questions to Ask Counselor Abo...

It can be a hardship for you to see your loved one fighting to recollect their memory with Alzheimer’s Disease, but still, there are few ways how you can help them to fight against this stigma. All you have to know is take precautionary measures by getting an in-depth knowledge about the disease and ask […]

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Workplace Stress Management Linked to Employees Wellbeing and Productivity

How_to_manage_stress_Full_ImageIt would be naïve of us not to confess about the overbearing influence of stress on our lives. Can someone, for that matter, say for surety that he or she has never felt being stressed out? In fact, in today’s world, a life without stress is unthinkable. But it is also a fact that stress beyond a point is detrimental to the health and needs to be dealt with promptly.

At workplace, excess stress impinges on workers’ performance and organization productivity. There might be numerous factors that can be attributed to stress that is at play in course of the larger part of our life cycle – in office or out of it?

Stress Symptoms

Stress symptoms at workplace may manifest in aform of anxiety, loss of interest in work, etc. Here are a few signs and symptoms of job and workplace stress:

  • Anxiety, irritation, depression
  • Loss of interest in work
  • Sleep disorder
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Headaches/ muscle tension
  • Stomach problem
  • Social withdrawal
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope

Stress Factors

Excessive workplace stress has to do with circumstantial and other immediate factors such as:

  • Fear of being laid off
  • More overtime due to staff cutbacks
  • Pressure to perform jobs that give no satisfaction
  • Pressure to perform optimally all the time

What Managers canDo?

At work-place, the onus of creating a minimally-stressful working atmosphere lies on employer or his manager. The manager or the employer can work for creation of a more conducive work atmosphere for optimal realization of employees’ potential. This can be done by:

  • Improving communication
  • Sharing information with employees to reduce uncertainty over jobs and future
  • Clear enunciation of employees’ roles and responsibilities
  • Having friendly and efficient communication as against mean-spirited and petty one
  • Taking employees into confidence
  • Taking employees into confidence about work rules, scheduling
  • Allowing workers say in moves that effect their jobs
  • Allocating work-load suitable to worker’s abilities
  • Avoiding setting of unrealistic deadlines
  • Acknowledging good performance with rewards
  • Cultivating friendly, social environment

What workers can Do?

How workers can contribute to lessening of stress at workplace? Employees in an organization can contribute to a healthy workplace atmosphere by:

  • Setting realistic work goal and working towards it
  • Resisting temptation of being a perfectionist, instead give yourbest
  • Avoiding being late in meeting goals
  • Clearing the mess on the desk
  • Planning the day’s work schedule and sticking to it
  • Thinking positively about work
  • Not trying to control other’s behavior
  • Controlling the way one chooses to react to problems

Four Easy Steps to Combat Stress

  • Move away from stressful work situation and take a walk outside
  • Sharing thoughts to someone who can be trusted and confided to
  • Develop fellow feeling among co-workers
  • Crack a joke with a colleague, and find a way to lighten yourmood

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