Time - or lack of it - has always been a major contributing factor to stress, anxiety, and pressure in the workplace. Time pressure adds to the stress of looming deadlines, the balancing act of family versus work time, and the ever-shrinking time left for personal growth and relaxation. Never though, has there been such a lengthy stressful and downright scary time at work as we have all experienced since the pandemic changed all our lives.
70% of Americans rank stress related to work as a significant factor in their lives in 2020, compared to 64% in 2019, before the pandemic.(1) Stress at work has a direct impact on workplace productivity as well as employee health, making everything more difficult and less enjoyable. Recognizing the symptoms, you may be experiencing is the first step to managing workplace stress. You may notice (2):
Identifying work related factors that can add to stress is the next step.(3):
The following tips may help you better manage your time at work and reduce the impact of workplace stress on your life.
Since the causes of workplace stress vary greatly, so must the strategies to reduce it. Here are some tips to get time on your side, reduce stress, and start building a more productive, happier workplace.
Reducing stress and managing time builds a better, more stable work environment for you and your team. Knowing that your work environment is under control gives you stability and resilience to meet the many stresses of work in the time of COVID.
Stress is inevitable, but there are ways in which we can lessen the load and make our workplaces more manageable. Having a supportive team, organizing your time effectively and having fun are effective ways to minimize stress.
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