Coping with Voices- Living wit...

Hello, I am Krishna, 29 years old. Am just on the way to the hospital for my regular check-up. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia a year back. My experience with schizophrenia a few months ago was terrible. Let me break down the synopsis of my story with schizophrenia.   The Butterfly Effects- That was a […]

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Things to Remember for a Succe...

Mainly, living life with schizophrenia means trying to sustain an indeterminate balance between the things the brain tells and the reality. Statistical data says 40% of the people live a balanced and a productive life with Schizophrenia. The illness may be periodic, with times of deterioration and improvement independent of hopes and actions. All you […]

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Does Drug Rehab Work?

There is a commotion that surrounds drug addiction or abuse of street drugs all across the globe. A common thinking came forward by some surveys that people think that drug addiction can only be cured by the willpower of the addicts, and only they themselves can easily cure their dependency. Also, many of them have […]

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How I lost my job?- Cadabams R...

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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Long Term Rehabilitation for D...

Addiction to being sober for long is not a cakewalk. It takes a lot of courage, determination and strength to achieve it. If you have been a drug or alcohol addict and you are over it now then thank and congratulate yourself because you deserve one. If you are not able to get over it […]

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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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