Work-related stress affects all of us at one time or another; however, with more and more cases of it being reported, it is becoming an epidemic.
In fact, “the total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 440,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1380 per 100,000 workers,” according to the Health and Safety Executive.
While the fast paced culture of the office can cause our nerves to falter, we should be able to leave that stress at the office, and relax after work and on weekends.
However, this doesn’t happen for many of us who can’t seem to shake the anxiety long after they we the office.
To promote peace and relaxation and leave the stress at work, follow these two tips.
Leave Your Work At Work
The easiest and most straightforward way to carry over work-related stress home is to leave your work at the office.
This may seem impossible to most professionals, who constantly check their phones and emails, whether they are eating dinner, watching television or about to go to sleep.
Many of us can attest to sleepless nights caused by an email we read that caused us to worry.
The answer to these issues is simple – leave all work-related communication and tasks to complete at work, allowing your home to be a haven for you and your family.
Create Rules For Working Outside The Office
While leaving work at the office may be easier to do for some rather than others, a recent study from Canada revealed that half of all employed professionals feel like they have to work from home to keep up with their professional responsibilities.
This practice was more common for people who “hold professional jobs with more authority, decision-making latitude, pressure, and longer hours.”
Since this is the case for almost all managers, there are still ways to limit the amount of work you bring home, thereby limiting the stress.
Create an email folder of VIP clients or your own boss, and check that folder only to make sure they haven’t contacted you, leaving all other communication until the next time you are in the office.
Alert your staff members that you will not be checking email or phone calls during certain hours, concentrating on the hours around evening and bedtime, to promote serenity and leave anxiety out of your house.
In addition to limiting the communication you check, create certain times where you allow yourself to check in.
For example, make it a rule that you read emails or answer calls from 7-7:30pm every evening, which will train you to stop thinking about work at other times of the day when you are off, encouraging you to concentrate on other things.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 24 October, 2016
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