How to deal with work stress

The vast majority of the working world has experienced work stress one time or another. Unfortunately, these pressures have increased in recent years.

Staffing firm, Accountemps, recently conducted a survey of employees. Their findings indicate that more than half of workers said they are stressed at work on a day-to-day basis. Sixty percent reported work-related pressure has increased in the last five years. While work stress isn’t completely avoidable, there are ways to handle it and mitigate the effects.

Here are some tips to mitigate stress:

  • Protect your time. Staying organized is critical to finishing tasks. Rather than trying to juggle two things at once, schedule periods throughout the day to focus on key assignments.

  • Take a break. Feeling overwhelmed during the day? Step away from your desk, go for a walk or grab a snack. If you can't get outside, look away from the computer and focus on a non-work related activity for a few minutes.

  • Speak up. If your to-do list is never-ending, it's possible you have too much on your plate. Talk to your manager about your workload and ask for help.

  • Enjoy after-work hours. Your time after work is precious, so make the most of it. Exercise daily, enjoy time with friends or a significant other, engage in a hobby, listen to music and take vacation time to recharge.

What can managers do to help?

  • Help prioritize. Meet with team members individually to help prioritize workloads and set realistic expectations about project deadlines and desired outcomes. If there is too much work to go around, bring in temporary professionals to lighten the workload for full-time employees.

  • Offer resources. Encourage your team to take advantage of stress-management webinars, wellness tips or programs and yoga or meditation classes available to them. Set a good example by utilizing these offerings as well as employee breakrooms or lounges.

  • Make it fun. The job may be serious but laughter and camaraderie can lead to greater work satisfaction and happiness. Look for ways to lighten the mood through social activities, staff celebrations or office decorations.

At Travis Credit Union, we are committed to hiring, developing and retaining qualified employees to maintain positivity and camaraderie in the workplace. Are you ready to join our team? There are a variety of positions at our branches and corporate offices. Visit our Careers section to explore our job openings and apply today.

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