One out of seven people in the Netherlands suffer from workplace stress (TNO, 2015). This comes down to more than one million employees a year. This high number is possibly an aftermath from the recession of the last couple of years. During the recession many people continued to work despite complaints they might have experienced. Just to not lose their job. Job insecurity is also one of the reasons this generation of Young Professionals experience a great amount of stress. Choice stress, difficulty with being authentic and perfectionism are some other sources that are worth noting (read more about this subject in our blog ‘Young Professionals and Stress’).
Workplace stress will always be a thing to take very, very seriously. Even though you might not experience it right this moment, it will be in your favor to always keep the following in mind:
- Execute the simple, little tasks first and as soon as you can. This way you can better concentrate on the major, bigger tasks of your job. These usually require a clear mind not occupied with other errands.
- Divide the major, bigger tasks in subtasks. This creates a better overview of the work that has to be done and provides an insight in where to start. Goals seem more achievable this way, which improves your motivation as well.
- Dare to delegate tasks. As soon as you feel like you are getting stuck or overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to ask for help of your colleagues. Every employee has their own strengths and it would be a shame (and a waste of our own time) if we wouldn’t make any use it!
- Take time to relax. This also means you should be taking brief breaks at work. Often breathing deeply helps you refresh yourself by giving your brain the oxygen it needs to be able to progress with work. But we advise to walk away from your chair for at least a few minutes as well. Sitting all day long is proved to bring about many complaints, both physical (for example back pain) and psychological (for example anxiety). Go for a walk with your colleagues so you can invest time in your relationship with them at the same time!
- Don’t be afraid to mention you are experiencing workplace stress to your supervisor or other contact person (like your HR manager). Most of the time stress is seen as a consequence of the inability of the employee to cope with job demands. This often leads to stress management training for the individual, while in reality it is the job design that needs to be revised.
Certain sources of stress are more obvious for one employee than for the other. Of course our training for Young Professionals provides more concrete and tailored strategies to reduce these different sources of workplace stress. Want more information? Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org