How to Reduce Workplace Stress

Ways to reduce stress in the workplace.

The work place is the place where you spend most of your time everyday. This place also holds a plethora of anxiety. Many are from unpredictable sources such as sudden joblessness, relocations, losing co-workers to retrenchment exercises or having multiple losses in rapid successions.

Anxieties bring stress and to reduce stress brought by the above reasons, workers needs to assess their skills periodically, learn new ones, participate in professional or trade associations and generally stay current on industry trends. A potent way to reduce the stress that can arise from job losses is by maintaining employability and support systems. “This will make you better prepared the next time your company downsizes, merges or changes focus” says Sue Aiken, the Chair of the graduate program in career development of John F. Kennedy University in Walnut, California.

Please remember this: We can’t eliminate stress, but there are ways to reduce it. And the ways to help you reduce your overall stress and ease specific sources of anxiety is discussed below.

The most potent method of stress reduction is to maintain a sense of personal power. What this means can be translated to many scenarios, but the context of this in stress reduction in the workplace is how much control you feel you have over your life and your ability to function and express yourself.

If you want to prevent and ease tensions, then learn the art and then the practice of effective communication. Your communication skills depend on how well you understand others verbal and non-verbal messages. Pay good attention to coworkers’ gestures, tone of voice and posture.

Also, be flexible. Recognize and accept that things change. Don’t hold on too tightly to the status quo. Your organization is like a ship; it is constantly changing its course and direction, going to where no one has gone before in the market place. You have to change with it and be proactive.

Stress can happen to you when changes come and catch you off guard. But you are in a better position to maneuver… if you are primed and ready.

The cause of most workplace stress is that people are not enjoying their present jobs, or they don’t seem to find fulfillment in it again. You can prevent this by choosing the right job from the onset. During interview, ask the questions that help you make sure the job is right for you before you take it. Don’t just take any job because you want the money. You might end up spending more money in the long run trying to deal with your stress level.

It is important you get a realistic picture of the company or department’s culture, working relationships, problems and other factors.

Trust, respect understanding and comparison are some of the important qualities that make things happen in a relationship. Coworkers often overlook this and instead tend to focus all their attention on their tasks and very little on how they treat each other.

Good work relationships will relieve stress and can shield you from other stresses. A good way is to spend five minutes of each hour to consider how to get along with your co-workers.

Do all these and you are sure to reduce stress in the workplace.

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