For an average employee, the demands of a job is stressful enough. But, for an employee with an anxiety disorder, meeting his work’s demands is twice, even thrice as stressful. Getting treatment and undergoing medication for anxiety can be quite expensive so quitting one’s job is not an option. There are ways to manage workplace stress but first, you have to know its common causes.
Common cause of workplace stress
* Excessive workload
* Unreasonable hours
* Tedious tasks
* Low pay
* Non-conducive work environments
* Inefficient organizational practices
* Poor interpersonal relationships with colleagues
* Sudden workplace changes
Workplace stress management tips
Once you have determined the cause of your stress in the workplace, you can use any or all of the following tips in order to manage it:
- Review your job description and responsibilities.
As much as taking more responsibility at work can boost your career, now is not the time to do so. You can take on more tasks once you are done with your treatment and can take on added responsibility. For now, review your job description and pertinent tasks. If there are tasks that are not included in your responsibilities, inform your supervisor and explain that in your current condition, it will be best if the extra work will be delegated to other people.
- Keep your workstation as organized as possible.
Although you cannot control the entire office environment, you can try and keep your station as clean and organized as possible. Clutter can cause you to lose concentration while drab office colors can make you distressed. Use colorful space organizers like pen holders, in-trays, and folders to keep your station clean and cheery.
- Participate in office events.
Participating in office events like corporate parties or casual lunches with your colleagues can boost your working relationship with them. A kind smile can go a long way in improving your interpersonal relationship with them.
- Clarify concerns with the management.
Often, employees tend to form their own conclusions about new policies or procedures in the workplace. Unfortunately, these conclusions are often negative. Before joining the bandwagon, clarify your concerns first with your supervisor so you can get a clearer picture of what your employer and the company is trying to accomplish with the new policy or procedure.
- Be open to workplace changes.
Employees often stress themselves over new procedures or policies. Instead of closing doors on changes, keep an open mind and try to see things differently. Sure, new rules or policies may be difficult to swallow at first but they might be what the company needs to move forward and create opportunities for employees like you.
Aside from these tips, you can also take advantage of Employee Assistance Programs or EAPs offered by your company like stress management programs or counseling services. you can ask your supervisor about this or the Human Resources Department. By taking an active role in your treatment and minimizing workplace stress, you can do well in your job and still be healthy.