Managing stress levels

Posted on August 14, 2015 12:08 am

Experts describe stress as a phenomenon that is part of life and all of us experience stress at different levels according to our day to day roles.A common source of stress is work and to be black and white, I have been a victim of this phenomenon not once not twice but several times.This is particularly true for those who leave home to go to work or conduct business.But few of us realise that we are living stressful lives since the symptoms of stress are not always clear. Contador Harrison’s is an example where fatigue, forgetting important things, difficulty concentrating and emotional instability are part of his life but according to the experts they are symptoms of stress.These symptoms usually become apparent if stress is experienced over a prolonged period. If stress continues the symptoms may become more physical as the body struggles to cope with the pressure that the mind is under. An Australian stress expert I sought advise two days ago after a very stressful month informed me that constant headache,gastritis or more seriously heart disease, high blood pressure, depression are part of those living under stressful lives.In the workplace or working environment, symptoms appears in a different form.They include but not limited to increased absenteeism, poor performance or work-related accidents. A friend of mine who has been under significant stress from his job, has seen stress cause a significant decrease in workplace productivity concrete action against workplace stress but his managers action have brought immediate results in his efficiency.

Managers and head of departments need to work with staff to discover the sources of stress. In his case, stress at work was caused by a tight schedule, complex assignment and endless daunting new tasks.The reality is that often a stressed person is unable to fill the expectations of the role he or she has assumed. Unclear expectations, an overload of work or conflicting ideas of status are fast routes to stress. The Australian stress expert who trades his skills in Perth, Western Australia informed me that it can escalate into job dissatisfaction or ill health. Behaviour and the attitude that colleagues have toward one another is also a major cause of stress.For the people we see on a daily basis, low trust, lack of support,jealousy of power or position or feelings of superiority is a stressful way to coexist. In case of those employed folks, waiting for promotion, deciding if they’re on the “right track,” feeling satisfied with the profession that they’ve chosen, corporate culture, other elements of the job that a worker might grapple with and stress over.Also,there’s the environment uninhabited ranging from noise, temperature, monotonous color or even pollution that depends on where workplace is.Me also think that problems with friends, family problems, daily chores, can add up and hinder optimal performance at work.Once a manager realises where the stress is coming from he or she can take action to help the employee relieve the situation and may use an individual approach or look at restructuring the workplace.

Individually an employee may be counselled by a manager. Under normal circumstances, managers may suggest ways to overcome the problem or propose relaxation training for staff. To compliment this approach organisation’s management might need to take further steps like the decentralisation of the decision-making process, the introduction of open policies for performance evaluation or promotion and improvement of communication systems can also help. Role ambiguity may be clarified through group meetings to specify roles and goals clearly. Training programs and conflict management training can help overcome interpersonal conflict. And once a change is instigated frank discussion beforehand can encourage understanding and acceptance of new conditions. In my experience, more general strategies such as the availability of a health care program or employee assistance program for companies involved with high risk operations.Such programs do offer professional help for employees with acute and chronic stress.Although such programs may be considered costly and time consuming, the return of employees’ well being and productivity will far exceed the outlay and ensure the company a prolonged existence.I live a stressful life but I’ve managed to cope with a combination of the several aforementioned tactics.

Contador Harrison