almost ten hours a day every day for five days
(sometimes even more) can be truly stressful. Each
day, you wake up in the morning, getting a bit
harried since you're going to be late. You eat a bit
of breakfast, drink lots of coffee, and quickly do
errands on the way to work. Once you get to the
office, the world seems to be different. A whole new
scenario away from your comfort zone, the workplace
would be your "home" for the whole day.
In the office, there is nothing more to do but work. Of
course, work can be fun, if you want it to be. More
often than not, work means business. And with this comes
stress and anxiety. It is fairly common for people to
experience such stress and anxiety when at work, since
they are bound by projects, deadlines, reports, and
other work-related issues for the rest of the day.
Stressing about deadlines for example, can give the
person a feeling of worry and fear. It means that stress
is usually accompanied by anxiety as well.
Unfortunately, they go side by side in giving the person
more headaches and thus slowing their work
Stress management is critical for people who work
tirelessly, also known as workaholics. They are more
vulnerable to stress and anxiety, since they are really
in to their work. These people really give their all
in committing to the best work performance and
productivity. Such feelings of heaviness and being tired
and worrisome can result in absences in work due to sickness.
By practicing stress management, one can reduce such
absences and staff turnover or leave intentions while increasing employees' commitment to work,
staff performance and productivity, staff
recruitment and retention, customer satisfaction, and overall
organizational reputation and image.
Stress and anxiety cannot be avoided, especially in the
workplace. Employees suffering from these feelings are
apt to smoke or drink excessively, doing several jobs
all at once, missing breaks, rushing, hurrying, being
available to everyone, eating on the run, taking work
home, and having no time for exercise or relaxation.
Stress management can be easy if all the employees in
the workplace support and contribute to the prevention
of stress in the office. A simple stress policy, for
example, can help in reducing such stress during office
hours. The company implements a stress policy by
identifying all the workplace stressors and give out
risk assessments to stop stress, providing training in
good management skills for all supervisory staff, giving
confidential counseling for staff affected by stress and
anxiety, among many others. This kind of policy can
decrease stress in the workplace, if properly executed.
Supervisory personnel could also help an employee
suffering from stress and anxiety in the workplace. By
understanding their current situation, giving
support, and developing a plan to deal with the pressure
and stress, they can ensure good employee performance.
Remember, a happy worker is a productive worker.