According to the American Institute of Stress job stress is far and away the
biggest source of anxiety for American adults. In fact is is getting worse
every year. Work-related stress has been linked to physical, relational and
emotional problems. If we fail to manage stress our job performance will
also suffer as we become less productive. The truth is every job has its
stress the key is managing stress before it gets the best of us!
As we work in the extremely competitive environment of corporate
America we can reduce stress and anxiety by doing the following:
Set realistic goals for yourself.
Deadlines and expectations should be realistic. Progress reviews are essential. Supervisors and
team members should never fear adjusting when warranted.
Make and keep a priority list. This is our list and ultimately we alone are responsible. We need to be clear with our Supervisors what our priorities are and these need our best time. Remember if we do not have clear priorities someone else will determine them for us.
Protect and manage your time.
Our time belongs to us and we alone can manage it effectively. This means avoiding interruptions,
refusing the temptation to “get on” Social Media” to find out useless information and breaking larger projects into smaller steps.
Have fun at work. This does not mean we take our jobs lightly but it does mean it is okay to laugh and when appropriate not to take ourselves too seriously. You do know mistakes are inevitable and we can learn from our shortcomings.
Ask for help. We have a great team assembled at North American and many will help us if we just ask.
Have an outlet. Life should never be just about work. A hobby, the gym, continued education, and our families can provide much needed outlets helpful in reducing stress.
Take Care of You! The reality is that if we do not nobody else will! We are physical, emotional, spiritual and social beings. Balance, refusing to ignore any of these areas is essential.
If we will just employ these proven tactics we will find our jobs less
stressful and we will be happier and much more productive. Team please
remember none of us is irreplaceable! North American does not want all
stress filled environment. Let’s make sure we do not creat one.