How to Prevent Outside Stress from Interfering with Workplace Wellness

If you’re a stressed-out employee…this article is just for you!

One of the biggest obstacles to employee engagement in the modern workplace is stress.

 Many factors like work pressure, job security, personal problems, etc can make us feel overwhelmed, and soon work feels like a drag on our satisfaction. Any negative consequence from stress leaves a deteriorating impact on our overall health. Stress can lead to issues like anxiety, depression, anger issues, low self-esteem, poor sleep and appetite, stress on heart functions, and a compromised immune system to name a few.

 In any workplace, the environment should be the primary focus. Any employee will work efficiently if their external surroundings are conducive to their growth. If it’s a good match, the employee is likely to be relaxed. A poor fit increases tension and stress. Workplace management needs to make sure that they are providing an office that fits their employee’s definition of not being stressed. Employers must evaluate the risks of work-related stress in their workplace and take action to protect workers.

Common signs of stress in the workplace can look like this-

  • arguments
  • increased worker turnover
  • high rise in reports of stress
  • more absences because of sickness or other ailments
  • declined performance
  • more complaints and grievances

Signs of stress in an employee can look like this-

  • taking more downtime
  • appearing for work late
  • being more restless or nervous
  • mood swings
  • being withdrawn
  • loss of drive, low commitment, and confidence
  • increased emotional comebacks – being more tearful, sensitive, or aggressive

Here are some tips that can help you stay focused and well when outside stressors are infiltrating your work life-

  • Be aware of how stressful events affect you
  • Make time to jot down your stressors
  • Acknowledge when you need to rest and take a break
  • Prioritize your self-care
  • Hone your time management skills
  • Balance your work and personal life
  • Re-assess your negative thoughts
  • Count on a strong support network
  • Learn relaxation techniques
  • Stay out of the office gossip mill
  • Let go of your perfectionist mindset and allow yourself to make mistakes
  • Approach your supervisor or manager when in need
  • Seek counseling from professionals

For managers, here’s how you can support your team-

  • Create a welcoming space for people to authentically show up
  • Facilitate opportunities for connection and conversation
  • Educate yourself and your team about mental health
  • Stress can get the best of us all.

So, don’t forget to remind yourself, you are more than your job!

This blog was written under the expert guidance and feedback from Ms.Prachi Sharma, Clinical Psychologist at Edited and Coordinated by Ram

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