Summer in Metro Detroit is one of the busiest times of the year. There are weddings, graduations, and even Father’s Day. School is out for many grade schools as well. And we all know that organizations and businesses are also facing half year and quarterly deadlines. Most everything is now completed on time with less people and with additional workloads. As everyone knows, work assignments, on any typical day, can be overwhelming. It is never easy.
Stress in the workplace is now as common as a short lunch break. Managing it correctly can make the difference between production and challenge.
The truth is no one can escape some degree of stress in a work day. Many employees realize this well-known fact.
Here are eight signs that signal stressed employees:
- They feel overworked
- They feel undervalued
- They are challenged to make daily deadlines
- They are working longer hours this year to get things done
- They feel their front-line supervision is not supportive enough
- They believe there is little teamwork
- They are interrupted throughout the day
- They feel pressure to take on more tasks and rsponsibilities
Now, what would Dale Carnegie do in this situation? Employees and managers have to realize that stress is internal and is a reaction to facts and circumstances. And how people handle stress can make a huge difference in both mental and physical state. Each person is different.
People need a plan to manage stress. They need to understand the cause and realize that overthinking and worrying can make things worse. Employees who have the chance to talk to their leadership and get guidance, will often feel less strained and believe the support will help.
People can also control stress by writing down daily goals and objectives. Individuals who listen to music, exercise, and eat healthy usually accept challenges better than those who do not have other avenues for stress reduction.
Here in Michigan, we spend a lot of time at work. When there are stressful situations, we need to sit for a minute, close our eyes and focus on the concern. Slowing things down is a start.
Stress is something we can manage and control. Awareness can make a difference in our lives and our productivity.
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