Forty percent of all employees reported their job was very or extremely stressful, according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anxiety from heavy workloads, deadlines and interpersonal conflicts can put large amounts of pressure on any employee. And, if left unaddressed, workplace stress can lead to safety risks, lower performance and health problems.
Stress affects everyone differently, but there are some common strategies you can use to manage it when you’re in the workplace:
- Prioritize your work. Create a list of tasks that must be done and then break them down into smaller, more manageable assignments so you don’t get overwhelmed.
- Avoid multitasking. Often, it’s best to focus on a single project for as long as possible so your attention isn’t split between too many tasks.
- Communicate with your managers and co-workers. Other employees may be able to help you complete tasks or offer helpful suggestions.
- Don’t be afraid to take breaks. Even if there’s a big deadline on the horizon, a short break to talk to a co-worker or take a walk can prevent you from burning yourself out.
- Keep ergonomics and comfort in mind. An uncomfortable chair or sitting position can add to your stress without you realizing it, so it’s important to adjust your workstation so you aren’t slouching or straining.
- Avoid conflicts. Even if you disagree with someone, take some time to look at a problem from multiple viewpoints and avoid responding right away.