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4 strategies to reduce work stress

We define stress as the effect on well-being that causes the demands of the environment to exceed one's own resources.

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We define stress as the effect on well-being that causes the demands of the environment to exceed one’s own resources. Find out in this post!

Since it is difficult not to have stress in the society in which we live (catching up on new technologies, difficult access to the labor market, work overload, uncertainty, the combination of personal life with professional life …), we need formulas to be able to either eliminate it or minimize the effects it produces in our body.

We will focus on professional stress, that is, that derived from work and I will give you four management strategies. We will start with the most important:

Establish good relationships with colleagues

This is the determining factor in being able to tolerate more or less stress. On the social network you can find companies who are hiring now on our new job board Lensa, feeling valued by colleagues, taken into account, supported in difficult moments, feeling understood in the face of difficulties, is the most powerful tool that humans have to better tolerate what exceeds us. If, in addition, we have the possibility of sharing with our environment everything that generates a feeling of lack of control, the strategy is even more powerful. If you have good peer relationships in your institution, you are fortunate in this regard and will be more resilient when overwhelmed by work circumstances. If you take a team of people, encourage good relationships, try to establish a good working environment between all of them.

Get organized and get organized

If you have the feeling that you do not get to everything but you are not organized, before asking for help you need to organize yourself. If you bring a team of people, to work well, the tools they use to work must be in good condition, the space must be orderly; things must be in their place. Values ​​such as meeting deadlines, punctuality, order, etc. are necessary to work well. It is not necessary to go to the extreme but it is difficult to work well if these basic values ​​are not followed.

Your workspace must be operational, not only for you but also for all those who work with you. Not everyone works well with the same level of order; maybe you are one of those who work with a table full of papers and works well, Or maybe you need to have everything in place and manage matters one at a time. Be that as it may, a good criterion to know if it works well is to know the time it takes to find information each time you need it. The time spent searching when we can’t find things is time that alerts us to something that can be improved.

Delegate

If you are overloaded with tasks, one option to have a less busy list is to delegate; but think of the others too, if they are like you, the only thing you will do is change the problem of the person, but the problem will continue to exist. The well-understood delegation – not passing tasks that you do not want to do – is a tool that contributes to organizational growth, helps maturation, and the acquisition of new learning. Keep in mind that you must delegate time, skills, and knowledge to someone who is willing to do the proposed work. And when delegating, assess whether you have to say how to do things; Keep in mind that with self-confident and self-proactive people, the best way to turn into performance talent is to say what needs to be done, for when it has to be done, and leave room to go.

Set limits

Often times when you take on tasks that you think you shouldn’t take on or when you don’t put words to things that cause you discomfort, you get “bad.” Assertiveness is a tool that helps us individually to combat this uncomfortable feeling. Expressing at the right time, to the right person, in the right context, and in a respectful way what has bothered us helps us to feel good about ourselves and at the same time tries not to bother our interlocutor. It should also be clear that being assertive does not ensure that the other takes well what we say. By the same rule, we can be aggressive with a person and that she does not experience it badly; In any case, if we are assertive, it is more likely that we will be well with ourselves and our interlocutor will better receive our message. An assertive organization will not keep the discomfort, the discomfort; People will express what they feel, although expressing does not automatically imply that the environment pays attention to us, but it does generate a culture in which things can be expressed in a respectful way.

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