Many workers feel that their jobs are the number one stressor in their lives. Work-related stress is even more highly correlated with health issues than family and financial problems are. When overwhelming challenges at work turn enjoyment and satisfaction into exhaustion and frustration, it can lead to illness, injury and job failure.
Although every individual reacts to situations differently, there are several instances that can trigger undue stress at work:
- Uncontrollable issues that arise
- Heavy workload
- Pressure to perform at above normal levels
- Job insecurity
- Long work hours
- Excessive travel
- Conflicts with co-workers
- Work-life balance
Since these triggers occur frequently, it is wise for employees to keep an eye out for early signs of stress and when possible, take action to reduce these stressors.
As symptoms emerge, they can develop into more serious health complications such as depression, anxiety and even heart conditions. Tell your employees to be wary of the following warning signs:
- Low morale
- Short temper
- Job dissatisfaction
- Difficulty concentrating
To reduce stress on the job and risk of developing more serious health conditions, have employees consider these recommendations:
Start working on tasks well before they are due and always have an alternative plan in case something falls through.
Prioritize Your Work
Create a list of tasks that must get done and then break them down into smaller, more manageable assignments so you do not get overwhelmed.
Think before you act to avoid having to repeat tasks.
Ask co-workers for assistance with jobs you cannot feasibly tackle on your own.
Balance Your Life
Make sure there is an even focus on work and family life to offset work stressors with fun family or friend activities.
Develop a conflict resolution plan to solve interpersonal problems with co-workers.
If employees feel particularly stressed, suggest taking a break, seeking the advice of a co-worker, stepping outside or going get a cup of coffee in order to get away from the stressor for a few moments. This may help them gain a fresh perspective.
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