Daily stress, is emotionally and psychologically exhausting. Especially in the workplace, always under pressure to make the best decision for the best results. We all need to be able to manage our stress at work.
We all have different ways of reacting to stressful situations. Stress brings us down, and doesn’t show us at our best. You’re not alone if you feel you’re having trouble coping. First things first, you need to know yourself and know how you react – do you have trouble concentrating? Do you get emotional? Blame others when things go wrong?
Once you asked yourself and figure out how you respond to stress, you can build a strategy on how to cope with the stress successfully. Make sure how you behave in these stressful times does not affect you and your career.
|Reactions to Stress||Strategies for Success
(Now is the time to deploy every organizing technique you have ever learned):
|“I struggle to be productive – I lack focus and energy”||· Prioritize
· Focus on one thing at a time and give it a dedicated effort
· Schedule regular breaks in your day to help maintain focus
· Focus on task when it motivates you
Keep lists on paper, not in your head!
There is a difference between a good decision-making process and a bad outcome, and a bad decision.
|“I’m having a hard time making decisions”||· Make sure you have the right decision-making process in place
· Set clear deadlines for when a decision needs to be made
· It is okay to take your time to gather information and evaluate options
· Partner with others to talk through alternatives and their implications
· Give yourself a break – you won’t make right decisions every time
When stress builds up it can surface quickly and unexpectedly.
|“I tend to react emotionally – I can take it out on other people even though I don’t mean to”||· Be vigilant. People will not soon forget how you treat them
· Make a note of the people, issues or situations that are most likely to trigger your reactions – be hyper-aware when these conditions are in place
· Find outlets for your anxiety – for many this means activities like exercise or meditation
When it happens, acknowledge it, take ownership for it and apologize
It is time for you to get this out in the open
|“I get paranoid – do they want to get rid of me?”||· Ask questions. You may not always get answers, but it is important others know you are concerned
· If you have genuine questions about your performance, now is the time to ask for feedback
· Manage your need for reassurance. Asking questions is healthy; asking for reinforcement on a daily basis is not
· Put an end to your usual desire to listen to rumours
Focus on doing your job to the best of your ability
Economic crises stimulate job search behaviour. If you are pondering a change, you are not alone
Be aware of the downside:
|“I’m not sure about my future here. Maybe it is time to start looking”||· To justify voluntarily leaving an employer you have to find faults. This can unfairly increase your level of dissatisfaction.
· You can lose motivation to perform – and this is not the time to be seen as a slacker
· Changing jobs is one of the top 5 most stressful life events. Be sure this is the time you want to add that stress to your life
· Be realistic – evaluate your job options and the job market – is this the right time to be looking for another job?
If you are working in a situation that is intolerable, this is not the time to abandon your plans to leave. Take control over situations you can change.
Dr. Rebecca Schalm, PhD – founder and CEO of Strategic Talent Advisors Inc.