Whether you work in law, real estate, food, construction, or automotive, stress can be triggered by an amalgamation of factors, such as large or tedious projects at work, lack of sleep, a personal issue, or an upcoming annual performance review. 46% of workers cite workload as the main cause of stress, followed by personnel issues (28%) and work-life balance (20%).
Whatever the case may be, there are also just as many ways to reduce your stress levels. Some people meditate, do yoga, or allot a certain amount of time doing non-work-related tasks to avoid burnout. You need to find a solution that best suits you. Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips for reducing stress.
Evaluate your preferences. If you are in a leadership role, some important questions to ask yourself might include: How and where am I using my time at work? Are there tasks I could delegate to alleviate my workload? Essentially, evaluating what you can loosen the reigns on and delegate to team members who can assist you can significantly decrease your stress levels. If you are not in a leadership role, perhaps asking your manager or supervisor for assistance might be in your best interest. Whether you need a better approach to completing a task or more hands on deck to assist, your manager or supervisor will most likely have a solution for your concerns.
Utilize a list of priority tasks. Take a moment to look at your list of projects and tasks. What is the most time-consuming task? Is there a way to reduce the time you spend on such task? What are some of the smaller, less urgent tasks? Can those be delegated to others? Make a conscious effort to recognize patterns of time spent on smaller, less urgent projects and re-prioritizing tasks to ensure all deadlines are met. This can increase your productivity and alleviate some stress.
Learn to say no. While being a “yes” person may open doors to endless opportunities, it also opens the floodgates to stress. You may be the best at multitasking, but multitasking can have negative effects on productivity – up to 40% less effective to be exact! Prioritize your tasks (i.e., by deadline, importance, etc.) and then tackle one at a time.
Mandatory breaks. It’s easy to get carried away on a project or task and simply lose track of time. Or you might be that person that always says, “There are never enough hours in the day to get everything completed!” However, you shouldn’t compromise your well being by overworking. Force yourself to take a lunch break away from your desk and away from work-related tasks. Socialize with a coworker or read a book. You could also take a walk around the building or parking lot at your office to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and simply take a breather from work. While this seems obvious, taking a break can increase productivity and you may find creative ways to solve your problems you were stuck on before your break.
Eliminate distractions. Whether you use social media to keep updated on current events or your favorite celebrity, take a moment to evaluate how much time you spend on such medias. Instead of distracting yourself with the latest trend or event happening, disconnect for five minutes and step away from your work and distractions. This can help you clear your mind and refocus on the tasks at hand.
Reducing stress is critical to preventing employee burnout, turnover, and productivity. From telecommute options and flexible work arrangements, to voluntary benefits and corporate wellness programs, Human Capital is your partner PEO provider. We offer a suite of full-service employee benefits solutions. Contact Human Capital today to see how we can assist you and your employees in reducing your stress through an employee benefit plan customized to your needs.