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Ways you can handle stress triggers at work

 Ways you can handle stress triggers at work (Photo: iStock)

With so much going on in our daily lives, stress is an unwelcome companion. Identifying the stress triggers in your workplace is a crucial step toward creating a healthier, more balanced work environment.

By recognising these triggers and taking proactive steps to address them, you can regain control over your work-related stress and boost your overall well-being and performance.

For many employees, the feeling of being overwhelmed by an unmanageable workload is a pervasive stress trigger. The incessant demands of work can lead to tight deadlines, a constant sense of pressure, and an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy.

Discuss with your supervisor about the workload distribution and task prioritisation. Negotiate for more reasonable deadlines and seek assistance when necessary. Learning to delegate tasks can also help alleviate this stressor. Remember, you are not expected to do it all alone.

If you’re frustrated by the lack of essential tools, equipment or support to effectively perform your job, that can be a significant source of stress which can hinder your productivity and lead to job dissatisfaction. Communicate your resource needs to your manager or HR department. Advocate for the necessary tools and training to perform your tasks efficiently.

Poor communication within the workplace resulting in misunderstandings, misinterpretations and confusion can lead to unnecessary stress. Miscommunication can disrupt workflow and damage professional relationships.

You must foster clear communication by encouraging regular meetings, setting expectations and promoting an open-door policy especially if you hold a leadership position. Ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities.

Unreasonably high expectations set by your employer or yourself can lead to constant pressure. The feeling of never quite meeting the standards can be incredibly stressful.

Realign expectations by discussing goals and responsibilities with your employer. Focus on what is achievable and recognise the limits of your capabilities. Open dialogue about expectations can help set more realistic goals and reduce stress.

The fear of job loss, layoffs or restructuring within the company is a prevalent source of workplace stress. The uncertainty surrounding your job can lead to anxiety and a lack of job satisfaction.

While job insecurity can be daunting, it is essential to keep your skills and network up to date. Preparing for potential job changes can boost your confidence and reduce stress. Focus on continuous learning and skill development to enhance your employability.

Lastly, ambiguity in your job description and responsibilities can lead to confusion. Not understanding your role can hinder your performance.

Seek clarification regarding your role and responsibilities. This will reduce uncertainty and stress. Open dialogue about roles and expectations can provide clarity and direction.

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