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1 Tips for Managing Workplace Stress
By Mary G. White, SPHR Provided by

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 degree Some stress is positive and some is negative There 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 stress Separating positive stress from negative Accepting the reality of unavoidable negative stressors Implement strategies to minimize the impact of unavoidable stressors Take 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 deadlines Set 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 milestones Avoid putting off projects until the last minute

7 Proactive Workplace Stress Solutions
Stressor: Keeping track of tasks with a lot of steps Make yourself a checklist and follow it Come up with an acronym to make it easier to remember the steps For 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 alternative Review progress with co-workers periodically, actually looking at work- to-date rather than just asking how things are going Have 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 control Recognize that you cannot control everything Don’t spend effort and energy trying to change what you cannot control; accept what you can’t control and move on Focus 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 them Accept that there is more than one right way to accomplish a task Realize that trying to get everyone to do things your way will make you seem like a micromanager Focus 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 life Step away from the activities that don’t make the list, realizing that you can always go back later if circumstances change Remember: 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 Solutions These 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 Process Learning how to manage stress is an ongoing process, but it requires a solution-focused mindset. Remember: Identify the stressors you experience at work Try to eliminate the ones that are unnecessary Come up with workable solutions for the ones that are inevitable

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