Workplace Stress: A Note to Employees

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Workplace stress can make simply going to work every day seem daunting. Stress in the workplace can also decrease productivity and efficiency.

Did you know that stress is known to cause ailments of the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, nervous, and reproductive system (American Psychological Association)? In the fast-paced modern world, everyone has their own stress factors. In Part 1, we discussed the ways employers can reduce workplace stress. However, you can’t rely solely on your employer for stress relief.

Making friends with coworkers can enhance the workplace in various ways. According to Gallup, employees with a “best friend” at work were:

  • 43% more likely to report having received praise or recognition for their work in the last seven days.

  • 37% more likely to report that someone at work encourages their development.

  • 35% more likely to report co worker commitment to quality.

  • 28% more likely to report that in the last six months, someone at work has talked to them about their progress.

  • 27% more likely to report that their opinions seem to count at work. (http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/511/item-10-best-friend-work.aspx)

Exercise is another great stress reducer! While most workplaces have implemented health and wellness programs, it’s up to each employee to make choices towards a healthier lifestyle. Working out reduces stress, aids in sleep, and boosts your endorphins thus making it easier to cope with everyday stressors.

Work-life balance is essential to stress reduction and plays very nicely with the wellness incentives mentioned above. Despite the fact that so much of our work is often digital, the old adage “don’t take your work home with you” still holds weight. Neglecting your homelife or imposing office stressors on your homelife is not good for anyone. Leave your work at work and enjoy your time away from the office. This could actually be a great time to start your journey toward health and wellness.

Let’s make this next year better than the last! Can you think of other ways to prevent or reduce work-related stress? If so, we’d love to hear your ideas! Visit us on Facebook or Twitter!

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