Presentation on theme: "Tips for Managing Workplace Stress"— Presentation transcript:
1 Tips for Managing Workplace Stress By Mary G. White, SPHRProvided by LoveToKnow.com
2 Managing Workplace Stress It’s not realistic to eliminate all stress from work, as stress is a fact of life.Every job involves stress to some degreeSome stress is positive and some is negativeThere is not a one-size-fits all solution to managing workplace stress.
3 Managing Workplace Stress Learning how to manage stress begins with:Recognizing situations that lead to stressSeparating positive stress from negativeAccepting the reality of unavoidable negative stressorsImplement strategies to minimize the impact of unavoidable stressorsTake steps to eliminate unnecessary negative stressors
4 Identifying Work-Related Stressors Learning to managing stress starts with recognizing what causes you to feel stressed.To identify your primary sources of stress (i.e., stressors), you’ll need to identify the work-related situations that lead to feelings of negative stress.Certain situations? _________________________________________Certain people? ___________________________________________Certain types of tasks? ______________________________________
5 Identifying Work-Related Stressors Pay attention to when you feel the most stressed over a period of time to determine your primary stressors.Keeping a stress journal may be helpful:
6 Proactive Workplace Stress Solutions Stressor: Looming deadlinesSet and follow pre-deadlines for yourself (i.e., trick yourself into thinking it’s due sooner than it really is)Establish and keep up with project milestonesAvoid putting off projects until the last minute
7 Proactive Workplace Stress Solutions Stressor: Keeping track of tasks with a lot of stepsMake yourself a checklist and follow itCome up with an acronym to make it easier to remember the stepsFor example – “RACE to fire safety!” is an acronym that stands for Rescue, Alarm, Contain, Extinguish)Practice the task until you start to feel comfortable with it
8 Proactive Workplace Stress Solutions Stressor: Discovering that co-workers haven’t done what you need when it’s too late to find an alternativeReview progress with co-workers periodically, actually looking at work- to-date rather than just asking how things are goingHave a contingency plan in mind from the beginning of the project, just in case someone doesn’t meet obligations
9 Proactive Workplace Stress Solutions Stressor: Feeling like circumstances are beyond your controlRecognize that you cannot control everythingDon’t spend effort and energy trying to change what you cannot control; accept what you can’t control and move onFocus instead on accomplishing your goals in light of whatever limitations you must work within
10 Proactive Workplace Stress Solutions Stressor: Co-workers handling situations different from the way you would handle themAccept that there is more than one right way to accomplish a taskRealize that trying to get everyone to do things your way will make you seem like a micromanagerFocus on the goal or objective rather than the method; if their approach works, don’t stress over it
11 Proactive Workplace Stress Solutions Stressor: Participation in professional associations, community organizations and company task forces or committees is taking too much time.Make a list of which “extra-curricular activities” are the most valuable and meaningful to you at this time in your lifeStep away from the activities that don’t make the list, realizing that you can always go back later if circumstances changeRemember: It’s better to do a few things well than to try to spread yourself to thin and end up stressed out or making a negative impression on others
12 Individual SolutionsThese are just a tiny portion of the many types of workplace stress paired with a few potential solutions; use these ideas to brainstorm a list that meets your individual needs.
13 Ongoing ProcessLearning how to manage stress is an ongoing process, but it requires a solution-focused mindset.Remember:Identify the stressors you experience at workTry to eliminate the ones that are unnecessaryCome up with workable solutions for the ones that are inevitable