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Managing Stress in the Workplace
Posted on 04/29/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
Did you know the amount of time Americans spend at work has steadily increased over the past 30 years, according to Forbes.com? That may not be a huge surprise as the recession put a lot of pressure on companies to downsize, increasing the workload for the remaining employees and managers. But with heavy workloads and longer hours comes the unavoidable stress that so many people are familiar with. While a certain amount of stress in the workplace is normal, too much stress can be unhealthy.
Fleet managers deal with deadlines, commitments, financials and other management related tasks on a daily basis. While these tasks can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful, they have to get done. The key is to learn how to manage stress by taking control, identifying stressful situations and acting appropriately. Did you know that your mood can rub off on employees? Keep in mind that a happy work environment can increase employee productivity.
Here are 5 steps from Insights Magazine to help you better manage the stress in your life:
- Build Your Support Network: This is a group of individuals you can rely on for advice or simply to be an ear for venting.
- Control: This is a certain level of confidence you must have in yourself. It’s about being able to recognize and deal with stressful situations.
- Emotions: Being able to control your emotions is very important when managing stress. Bring your emotions into balance.
- Knowledge/Preparation: This is about recognizing stressful situations, dealing with them, and managing your expectations.
- Attitude and Outlook: Having a healthy sense of humor and optimistic outlook are important.