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Alexander 18. May 2016

How to Reduce Stress with Co-workers

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Are you annoyed or angry at your colleagues?

Did your boss treat you bad? Did a client exert too much pressure on you? Whatever it was that stressed you out, here are some tips to prepare yourself for similar situations:

  • Say No
    “No” is a short but powerful word, even though many people have trouble saying it. While it’s very important to be helpful, you should keep in mind that you can’t and don’t have to solve everyone else’s problems. If you never say no, work will pile up on your desk. Consider it a part of our competence on the job to know our limits and to communicate them.
  • Laugh
    …because it’s healthy. The old saying has long been scientifically proven. Laughing directly reduces the body’s stress levels, which means a little joke here and there isn’t about wasting time, but actually good for your health.
  • Accept Arguments
    You can’t always agree on everything, and it’s not necessary either. Differing views can actually help to better identify and solve a problem. The key is an unbiased discussion based on respect, the willingness to find compromises and the awareness that everyone is allowed to make mistakes.
  • Focus & Set Priorities
    Fix what can easily be fixed. Regain control over our your personal work space and tidy up. A chaotic desk creates stress that is avoidable without too much effort. You might also find relief in taking 20  every morning to prepare our day by tidying things up and writing down a list of priorities. Being able to cross an item off that list will spark a short but valuable moment of joy.
  • Defend Yourself
    Abusive behavior at work unfortunately does happen, whether it’s verbal, per e-mail or in physical form. When exposed to such attacks, we must defend ourselves in order to set clear limits and not come across as an easy target. We shouldn’t let the aggressor provoke us into responding aggressively, and instead calmly point out inappropriate behavior. If that doesn’t help: Don’t shy away from notifying superiors in case of repeated abuse. Remember that it’s about a bigger goal: Providing a healthy and constructive work environment.
  • Be Proactive
    Very few companies have considered teaching employees stress prevention or conflict solution strategies. Convincing human resources officials that stress is an increasing risk for both the company and the employees might be the starting point for a change