Stress Management at Work-place: Change management is a routine procedure to adapt to changes in business environment, product initiatives and process implementations. At times change management can be tiresome and source of occupational Ill health for the select employees. The success rate of change management process entirely depends upon your managerial ability to minimize any negative impacts arising from change, such as additional stressors at work. Stress at work can manifest in employees through signs such nail-biting, Loss of concentration, Reduced performance, Increased irritability, Increased sensitivity to criticism, Increased use of alcohol or cigarettes, Tiredness due to lack of sleep and Absenteeism at work.
The stress at work can be observed in organizations at team formation stages and at project management stages involving proper planning, time management, execution and valuation stages. Proper delegation of work, decision making authority and proactive mentoring by managers are pillars for organizational success and reducing work stress among employees.
Understanding and supporting the staff anxiety at work place can be done through a series of steps that can be summarized as follows:
1). Believe in your employee’s potential and stay afloat with emotions that your employees experience.
2). Time Management is first step that fastens planning and execution steps in a project management.
3). Lead by example and stay positive.
4). At all times reduce uncertainty through good communication.
5). At all cost avoid blame culture at your organization that can potentially bring remove trust among employees.
6). Involve employees in change management process—“to address fears and feeling”, through objective face to face, fact based observations.
7). Celebrate early signs of success with a master-plan to stay on course with product or project implementation.
8). Set a priority for different tasks and follow the charted path for project implementation based on task completion.
9). A short walk or a 20 to 30 minutes power-nap at times help reduce stress.
10). It is okay to have a burning sensation in belly that may have some heart burn attributed to certain perceived or unperceived work-factors.
11). The urgency and importance of the stressor elements to your short and long term objective should be the baseline to decide on go or no go decisions on stressor element in the work.
12). Preparing a cup of tea or lime water can refresh your focus on the work situation.
13). Its important to share worries and concerns with authorities and colleagues to reach better understanding of task at hand.
14). Most important of all points, don't try to control things that are uncontrollable – Learn and practice to adjust response and adapt to situations.