AUTHOR: Daisy Wallace

Stress affects everyone at some point in their life, whether this is day to day at home, or at work.

Stress can become an all consuming force that prevents you from living and working to your full potential.

The Learning People can’t offer life guidance for dealing with stress, but we can offer a few tips to help you overcome it whilst at work.

When safely harnessed, and when it’s not pushed you to breaking point, stress can become a positive feeling in an office space – a busy office is usually a productive and creative one, and working as a team to meet tight deadlines can often bring you closer together.

The Learning People offer our top five tips for obtaining the correct mix of stress and pressure to achieve good results through a happy workforce.

 

1. Demand

Put simply, if you are overworked and have too many tasks to complete with not enough hours in the day, you will almost certainly begin to feel the affects of stress.

If it’s possible to delegate tasks, then it’s always advisable to do so.

You may find that your team members will already have seen the pressure you’re under, and will be only too willing to take some tasks off your hands. 

Being honest about the issue will show you as dedicated to the team, but also as human – a manager would be a poor one if they ignored your request for help.

 

2. Control

If it’s you being asked to do the work, then it’s your prerogative to have a say over it. 

By displaying a high standard of work with good work ethics such as dependability, honesty, and proficiency, your manager will be able to see how reliable you are, and will therefore be more willing to trust you with the details of your tasks, rather than opting to micromanage you.

 

3. Support

It’s human nature to have a moan once in awhile, so having someone to privately and professionally talk your issues through with is essential in a workplace.

This prevents any gossiping going on where your opinions may be twisted and misunderstood by your team and higher management – something that could potentially be damaging to your place at the company and future career.

 

4. Relationships

A caring and open environment with your work colleagues is always a beneficial state to be in. 

Colleagues who you’re friendly with will pick you up when you’re down, support you if you’re ever in a tricky situation, and will generally add to the feeling of all being in it together.

 

5. Role

It’s crucially important that yourself and everyone on your team know 100% what their role entails and what is required of them.

If your tasks change from day to day and are not consistent with what you were led to believe about the job in your interview, then you need to feel confident enough to approach your employer and question this.

If you find yourself out of your depth with the tasks handed to you in terms of how far your knowledge stretches, and your previous experience, then there will almost certainly be undue stress placed onto you. 

If you find that this is happening, speak to your manager and raise your concerns. 

You might find they recognise this and offer you training which helps with your own career progression, or that they spend some more time reallocating the more difficult tasks to someone with greater expertise.

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