"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."
In many ways these tips are as relevant at home as they are at work-- when you look at the tips...imagine how they can be applied in both areas. We sometimes treat strangers with more respect than we treat co-workers (OR FAMILY !!!)
LEARN HOW TO MANAGE JOB STRESS • Taking responsibility for improving your physical and emotional well-being. • Avoiding pitfalls by identifying knee jerk habits and negative attitudes that add to the stress you experience at work. • Learning better communication skills to ease and improve your relationships with management and coworkers.
TIP 1: RECOGNIZE WARNING SIGNS OF EXCESSIVE STRESS AT WORK
Signs and symptoms of excessive job and workplace stress • Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed • Apathy, loss of interest in work • Problems sleeping • Fatigue • Trouble concentrating • Muscle tension or headaches • Stomach problems • Social withdrawal • Loss of sex drive • Using alcohol or drugs to cope
Common causes of excessive workplace stress • Fear of being laid off • More overtime due to staff cutbacks • Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but with no increase in job satisfaction • Pressure to work at optimum levels – all the time!
TIP 2: REDUCE JOB STRESS BY TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
• Get moving--exercise • Make food choices that keep you going Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic. By eating small but frequent meals throughout the day, you can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar and avoid these swings in mood • Drink alcohol in moderation and avoid nicotine • Get enough sleep
TIP 3: REDUCE JOB STRESS BY PRIORITIZING AND ORGANIZING
Time management tips for reducing job stress • Create a balanced schedule. find a balance between work and family life, social activities and solitary pursuits, daily responsibilities and downtime. • Don’t over-commit yourself. Avoid scheduling things back-to-back or trying to fit too much into one day. All too often, we underestimate how long things will take. If you've got too much on your plate, distinguish between the "shoulds" and the "musts." Drop tasks that aren't truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely. • Try to leave earlier in the morning. Even 10-15 minutes can make the difference --Don’t add to your stress levels by running late. • Plan regular breaks. Task management tips for reducing job stress • Prioritize tasks. • Break projects into small steps. • Delegate responsibility. • Be willing to compromise. find a happy middle ground that reduces the stress levels for everyone concerned.
TIP 4: REDUCE JOB STRESS BY IMPROVING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Learn to Recognize Hidden Stress practice self-control and self-confidence by understanding and practicing emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is about communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcome differences, repair wounded feelings, and defuse tension and stress.
Emotional intelligence in the workplace: • Self-awareness – The ability to recognize your emotions and their impact while using gut feelings to guide your decisions. • Self-management – The ability to control your emotions and behavior and adapt to changing circumstances. • Social awareness – The ability to sense, understand, and react to other's emotions and feel comfortable socially. • Relationship management – The ability to inspire, influence, and connect to others and manage conflict.
The five key skills of emotional intelligence • Realize when you’re stressed, • Stay connected to your internal emotional experience • Recognize and effectively use the nonverbal cues, such as eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, posture, gesture and touch. • Develop the capacity to meet challenges with humor. • Resolve conflict positively. When handling emotionally-charged situations, stay focused in the present by disregarding old hurts and resentments, connect with your emotions, and hear both the words and the nonverbal cues being used. If a conflict can’t be resolved, choose to end the argument, even if you still disagree.
TIP 5: REDUCE JOB STRESS BY BREAKING BAD HABITS
Eliminate self-defeating behaviors • Resist perfectionism. No project, situation, or decision is ever perfect, so trying to attain perfection on everything will simply add unnecessary stress to your day. • Clean up your act. If you’re always running late, give yourself extra time. file and throw away the clutter, Make to-do lists and cross off items as you accomplish them, Plan your day and stick to the schedule. • Flip your negative thinking. think positively about your work, avoid negative-thinking co-workers, and pat yourself on the back about small accomplishments, even if no one else does. • Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems. Five Ways to Dispel Stress • Take time away. take a quick break and move away from the stressful situation. Physical movement or finding a quiet place to regain your balance can quickly reduce stress. • Talk it over with someone. sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust can help reduce stress.. • Connect with others at work. • Look for humor in the situation.
TIP 6: LEARN HOW MANAGERS OR EMPLOYERS CAN REDUCE JOB STRESS
IMPROVE COMMUNICATION • Share information with employees to reduce uncertainty about their jobs and futures. • Clearly define employees’ roles and responsibilities. • Make communication friendly and efficient, not mean-spirited or petty.
CONSULT YOUR EMPLOYEES • Give workers opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their jobs. • Consult employees about scheduling and work rules. • Be sure the workload is suitable to employees’ abilities and resources; avoid unrealistic deadlines. • Show that individual workers are valued. • Offer rewards and incentives. • Praise good work performance, both verbally and officially, through schemes such as Employee of the Month. • Provide opportunities for career development. • Promote an “entrepreneurial” work climate that gives employees more control over their work.
CULTIVATE A FRIENDLY SOCIAL CLIMATE • Provide opportunities for social interaction among employees. • Establish a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. • Make management actions consistent with organizational values.
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