Alleviating workplace stress
While challenges in the workplace are commonplace and considered by many as motivating, excessive pressure can lead to workplace stress.
It’s vital to recognise the signs of workplace stress early on, before it manifests itself physically in headaches for example, or more serious health issues such as depression. Recognising and acting on signs of workplace stress early on will ensure they don’t impact your personal life. If you’re feeling the strain, it’s important to take five minutes, go for a walk to clear your mind, or even speak to your manager before it becomes too much to handle.
Here at Monster, employees are encouraged to take breaks, be active and report any stress. We also believe the workplace should be a stress-free, fun environment, so we:-
- Offer employees stress busting massages once a month
- Offer discounted gym membership
- Have weekly free office drinks (We have a wine trolley at 4.30 each Friday!)
- Organise quarterly office socials to boost team morale.
Wherever you work, there are always things you can do to alleviate workplace stress. With Nov 2nd 2016 marking National Stress Awareness Day, we’ve listed below a few ideas that will help make your work day stress free:
a) Regularly recharge your batteries
It’s no secret that smartphones are everywhere these days. With a device that fits into your pocket, one of the drawbacks can be resisting the urge to be online 24/7 and constantly checking work emails. However, taking a break will help you to become more effective. We suggest trying not to check emails outside the office, and ensuring you switch off completely when going on holiday.
b) Get up and get out
Notoriously, exercise can help relieve some of that stress you might be feeling. Even if it’s getting up from your desk and going for a brief walk at lunch time. Doing this at least three times a week as well as eating right and drinking plenty of water will give you a positive mental attitude and feeling of well-being.
c) Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Particularly when in a more junior role, it can be quite intimidating asking for help. However, it’s also one of the best management skills. Very few people do their best work when under excessive stress. If you’re feeling the strain, talk to your manager to ask what’s going on or for help in understanding what’s a true priority.
d) Prioritise to organise
Take time to figure out what actions need to be completed as a priority and which can wait a day or so. If you work with a wider team and find that you’re running out of time, consider whether some tasks can be passed on to someone else who might be able to help or better positioned to take on the work. This will help both you and your team become a more effective and efficient unit.
e) Create positive relationships at work
Talking face to face with people who can listen to your problems can help relieve you of stress. While you may not have close ‘friends’ at work, you may have others who are in a similar position to you, or a manager you can speak to confidentially. Simply sharing thoughts and emotions with others is a great way to let off steam and can help you become calm and focused again.
f) Look at the bigger picture
Sometimes stress isn’t down to the hours you’re working, but rather the sort of work you’re doing. If your hours and workload aren’t excessive but you’re still feeling stressed, maybe it’s time to consider a change – it might be that the organisation or role isn’t quite right for you.