Teach Coping Skills to Reduce Workplace Stress

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015 2:38:50 pm

The Toronto based "The Globe and Mail" conducted a survey entitled "Your Life at Work."

The results showed that a scary 40% of respondents were stressed @ work.

Here are their 6 tips, (3 for the workers and 3 for the boss) to help reduce that stress.

For the worker;

  1. Make sleep a priority.  Seven to Eight hours a night delivers you happier and more productive.
  2. Learn Better Coping skills. Make decisions and solve problems. See this excellent Reachout article.
  3. Learn to let go. Learn to say "No". Delegate. Don't take on other's baggage.

For the boss;

  1. Teach coping skills. Help your staff manage their time and get better organised. Coping strategies are SKILLS and as such can be taught.
  2. Make workplace as stress-free as possible.  ( Well Duh!) Deal promptly with any inappropriate behavior. Don't let things go by that aren't acceptable. Act immediately. This goes for small procedural tasks all the way to major cultural issues. Once you let things happen, you sanction them as acceptable.
  3. Be flexible. Don't assume the old way is the best way. Be open minded and involve employees in the decision process.

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