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  • being withdrawn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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  • Prachi Sharma

    Prachi (she/her) is a Counseling Psychologist. She received her training and Master’s degree at Amity University, Noida concentrating in Clinical Psychology. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults. She has worked with a variety of clients and has experience in community mental health as well. She likes to provide an inclusive and affirming therapeutic environment. She is interested in working with clients needing support with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, trauma, stress and self-esteem issues. She aims to provide a relationship where the other will discover the capacity within themselves to grow, change and build an everlasting relationship with their authentic selves. She utilizes approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, principles of Essentialism/Minimalism, NLP, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Polyvagal Theory and Positive Psychology- making it eclectic, tailor-made and holistic for the clients. Prachi believes that merely through communicating, any individual can start the process of healing. She believes that with awareness of our struggles, one can work towards identifying and modifying behaviors one wishes to change. She is passionate about making our world a better place to live by her work and expertise. In her free time, you can find Prachi climbing the great Himalayan mountains, meditating, gardening and drawing mandalas.

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