The long list of projects to finish, the accumulation of emails, pending tasks, problems to be solved, and work meetings are the bread and butter of any employee's professional life. However, on many occasions, the pressure that hangs over the day-to-day lives of workers reduces their productivity and considerably increases their stress level.
How to stay calm under so many demands?
If this is the predominant situation, the company can be perceived as the main source of stress, an inconvenience, as well as a challenge for human resources professionals.
It is not advisable to have a table full of papers, post-its, notes, pens, coffee glasses. The first step is to organize and clean the workspace. In addition, the desk can be personalized by placing elements that inspire, such as photographs, books or any decorative element.
If the colleague next door is constantly approaching the table and making worthless comments, if the workplace location is next to a noisy place or next to a window, distractions will be much more common. Therefore, make an effort to handle interruptions, ignore distractions, and thereby improve concentration.
Maintaining full concentration for more than 2 hours is practically impossible, according to experts. So breaks during the workday are necessary to relax the mind and help the brain to switch tasks easily. Getting up from the chair, having a coffee, going to the toilet are opportunities to disconnect easily.
Change produces anxiety for many people. Any alteration in their stable and comfortable situation generates nervousness and tension. If that feeling is transferred to the professional field (employee rotation, design change, software variations), you have to keep calm and adapt to the new times at the pace that is most akin to each one.
The absence of communication between colleagues and superiors generates confusion. Asking questions, making suggestions, and expressing yourself are ways to improve this situation of isolation.
If this is the case, and without disturbing the other colleagues, doing relaxation or stretching exercises can help reduce tension.
Although it is not so noticeable, the lighting, colours, and office decoration can favour stressful situations; but the clothing and manner of gesturing that each one possesses can also do it. Therefore, experts recommend talking to superiors for a possible decoration change and even a style change by choosing more vivid colours that make the chip change and increase self-confidence.
Disconnecting is important when you are outside of work hours, but just as important is focusing when you are on the work day. One of the priorities for employees is their family, an aspect that companies must take into account.
Find a hobby or activity that increases motivation and breaks the day-to-day routine. For their part, companies can promote effort recognition initiatives such as prizes, gift vouchers or vacation days.