Diminishing Workplace Stress

October 6, 2011

Workplace stress has always existed—and probably always will. Even during a good economy, the pressures of daily work take a toll; but the situation can be worse during economic downturns.

If you’re in management, you’re experiencing stress! Baltimore’s economic indicators continue to be sluggish at best, and that makes your job more difficult. You may be under pressure from higher-ups who want you to do more with less; and that can make it harder to realize that your team may also be experiencing additional stress, both work-related and personal. Remember: it’s your job to help your people do their best—which means that you should strive to create a work environment that diminishes stress.

Here are a few tips from Dale Carnegie Training.

1. Live in the moment

Don’t let a negative interaction ruin your day—or affect customer relations. If you have a negative interaction, move on immediately; start fresh with each new contact so past negative issues don’t carry into the future. And don’t let your hopes for success in the future distract you, either. Live in the moment.

2. Don’t sweat the small stuff

If it’s not important, don’t focus on it. It’s great to be detail-oriented, but micro-managing can be exhausting. Don’t let the small stuff distract you from important issues.

3. Let it be

If a situation is out of your control, don’t stress over it; make a conscious decision to let go of it. Sometimes the only thing you can control is your response to a situation.

4. Budget your worry

Look at your situation objectively and decide how much anxiety the situation is worth. Then stay within your anxiety budget.

5. Consider others

You’re not the only person experiencing stress, so focus on someone else for a change! Find ways to reach out and make someone else happy.

6. ‘No good deed goes unpunished’

Luckily the old saying isn’t 100% accurate; but people won’t always be grateful when you provide them with exemplary service or do them a favor. Don’t let their attitude discourage you from continuing to do your best job.

7. Be enthusiastic

Enthusiasm is a highly positive emotion, and it generates positive energy. Enthusiasm will help you enjoy your job, and encourage those around you.

8. Be ALL that you can be

Perform to your highest ability; then you can take criticism in stride. Strive to continue to improve.

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