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Tips to Overcome Stress in the Workplace

 Stress is becoming a number one complaint for many people, with many of the complaints coming from those at work.  In fact, it is estimated that about 80% of health care costs are directly caused by stress related disorders.

 With so much stress being experienced, there is a huge cost associated with anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs. In 2002, CNN-Money.com reported that at least $17 billion was spent on such drugs.

There are various reasons for such a high rate of stress among workers.  One big reason is that employees feel that their workload is either too much or too little.  Those that have too much work to do feel pressured and experience more anxiety. Those with too little of a workload are quite bored and lose interest in working.

To combat these types of stress, it is important to have solid communication between managers and employees.  If one feels stressed, either by too much or too little work, he/she needs to express that to the supervisor and try to resolve the issue.  Most of the time the problem could easily be resolved simply with good communication skills.

A second reason for stress at work is that workers feel unappreciated for the work that they do.  This lack of appreciation tends to cause productivity to decrease, as workers lose motivation to keep doing a good job.  Managers can show appreciation to staff in many ways, including making positive comments, sending a thank you email, offering incentives, and a simple “I appreciate all that you do” once in awhile.

Thirdly, many employees feel that they have a lack of control in issues that affect them.  It could be scheduling, salary, meetings, etc.  When employees feel that their opinions don’t matter at all, it can cause them to feel stressed and productivity could decrease.

To combat this, supervisors can try to involve employees in some administrative and operative decisions.  Ask for their input and really listen to them.  Just by listening to them the stress levels can decrease and supervisors may even get some good advice and helpful input.

Lastly, lack of communication is a big stressor in many companies.  If management and employees do not have open communication in a consistent manner, productivity will fall.  To combat this, management must commit to fostering an atmosphere of open communication in a positive manner.  Invite employees to freely communicate thoughts, needs, and issues.  Send out management memos consistently and get out there on the floor with the employees so they can see you and have the opportunity to communicate with you.

Stress in the workplace can be managed with these simple tips and an open mind.  No one ought to be stressed out to the max while at work, so follow through with these tips so you can live stress free at work.