As a professional woman, are you experiencing increased amounts of office stress? We know the economic climate is not great for business right now, but in many cases this is contributing to tension and anxiety in the workforce. People are worrying about keeping their jobs. Anxiety levels also increase when a company tries to get more production out of fewer employees--refusing to replace workers who have left the company or laying off workers because of financial downturns. Have you taken the time to check your stress levels lately? The levels may have crept up without you realizing.
When job opportunities are limited or if there is job insecurity at your company, notice who is keeping jobs or being promoted. Women don't like to consider gender discrimination, but beware that if this is the case, you need to take action. Women have protection through Human Resource policies that detail exactly how employees are to be treated equally. Employee policies are enacted to ensure that women are not penalized in their ability to maximize their career potential. Every employee should have access to an Employee Personal Policy Manual. If you have questions, check with your Human Resources Department.
To successfully survive in a difficult work environment, create your own stress management strategies to employ in the workplace. Start by identifying the work stressors that are affecting you the most and then, designing a comfortable and effective way of reducing this office stress.
Here is the strategy to follow.
Here is a list of things that contribute to office stress. Notice which apply to you.
Stress can creep into your life and increase without you noticing.
Your body tries to absorb the increased tension and anxiety but over time this can harm your health. With the many contributors to office stress, you may start to feel overwhelmed. Watch for warning signals that indicate that office stress is becoming a challenge to handle. Check this checklist of symptoms to see if you have too much stress.
When stress at work surrounds you, try these simple stress management techniques to lower the negative effects.
Read the articles below for more information we have compiled to help you reduce the effects of stress in the workplace.