MANAGING AND CONTROLLING STRESS AT THE WORKPLACE.

Stress is a feeling of anxiety, fatigue, tiredness, dizziness, unhappiness and discouragement. Every human being must at one point or the other experience this feelings, which tends to slow our activities, and if uncontrolled, may lead to a lower productivity, especially at the workplace. In general, there are various causes of stress. It can be caused by the individual, for instance, through much strenuous thinking, discouragement, anger, worry, not being able to meet up expectations, unachieved goals, unable to undertake responsibilities, especially in the home, and so many other reasons. It can also be humanly induced, particularly at the workplace. A nagging boss, trying to meet up deadlines, rush hours, work overload, lack of communication between employers and employees, between leaders and followers, or between a superior and his or her subordinates, lack of incentives, intimidations, improper organizational administration. All these are major causes of human induced stress at the workplace. Consequently, when this happens, it tends to hamper the organization’s productivity, which certainly results to a lower productivity. However, stress, whether it is caused by the individual or it is humanly induced, is definitely not good for your health, because it might result in a breakdown of health or possibly sickness. Stress can be managed and controlled, but cannot be totally eliminated. To manage self-induced stress, you need to stop thinking about that problem, take the time out to relax yourself, or have at least 30 minutes of sleep. Better still, you can decide to go out for recreation and exercise, visit encouraging friends and engage yourself in any meaningful activity. Human induced stress at the workplace can be prevented by adopting the “do it now” approach. The stress most employees face at the workplace, is usually caused by not being able to deliver when required, they wait until the rush hours before they start doing what they’re expected to do. As a result of this procrastination, the work accumulates, which results in work overload. Always do the right things at the right time, to avoid working out your self. To manage workplace stress, always take off sometime to relax yourself, especially during break, before continuing the job. You might as well decide to be left alone at that moment, in order to allow the brain to regain normalcy, before going ahead with the job. Those under stress usually exhibits some signs as: Aggressiveness, irrational thinking, abnormal behaviours, loneliness, agitations, worry and anxiety, and may be conflicts. When you see someone exhibiting these signs, don’t get irritated, just understand, or encourage them. How-to-Deal-With-Stress-at-Work

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