We all have to deal with some stress in the workplace. The reality of every manager and employee is that stress is a part of office life. However, we all have different ways of dealing with stress in the workplace. In many cases, the job seems to be the source of the stress; however, what may be stressful for one person may not be stressful for another. So, it seems that we all have our own ways of dealing with workplace stress.
Before we look at some general ways of dealing with stress in the office, let’s look briefly at the reasons why it is important to deal with stress successfully.
The accumulation of emotional and psychological stress can have a negative impact on your family and work life. According to the journal Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, stress impacts our mood, behaviour, health, and sense of well-being.
Sickness. Among the effects of too much stress on your health, researchers have said that it increases sleep problems, causes eating disorders, put a person a greater risk of heart disease, and causes accidents. This put a greater burden on employers if many employees take time off for stress-related conditions.
Anxiety and depression. Stress can also increase your levels of anxiety so much so that the job itself seems more stressful. On a long-term basis, this can lead to levels of depression.
Decrease in productivity. Office workers who are constantly stressed can’t operate at their best and therefore, productivity suffers.
Let’s look at some practical ways that employers, team leaders, and employees can all reduce feelings of stress at work.
It may be necessary to record events at work and at home to see what your stress triggers are. You should also record how you respond to stress. This can help to identify specific sources of stress which you can then address. Also, knowing your responses can help avoid self-destructive stress responses.
Although the thought of speaking to a supervisor if you are feeling stressed may raise stress levels, it’s good to remember that employers are generally interested in the welfare of their staff. You should keep the goal in mind that you are not complaining but trying to come up with solutions to ease stress levels.
Of course, it may not be possible to change work patterns or schedules set out by others. So, you should care for your own well-being. How can you do that? Here are some tips on how you can lower your own stress:
One of the most important ways to deal with stress is to set up reasonable boundaries on your time. This could mean not checking work email at home or not picking up the phone during dinner. There are very few circumstances in life where an immediate response is critical and the matter can’t be dealt with later or the next day.
 Source: Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2005; 1: 607–628.