Work-related stress is the product of the 21st century. With much emphasis placed on the actualization of the company goals, importance of markets and business plans, workforce feels an increasing pressure to perform at top levels at all times. This triggers stress. Stress must be tackled before it damages staff morale and productivity.
Tai Chi Chuan is a practice that the Chinese used to relieve stress and, in fact, this method tries to keep stress at bay, in the first place. This whole practice of Tai Chi is centered upon balancing the flow of Chi or the life energy around the meridian points of the body. At the beginning of each work day hundreds of Chinese employees were asked to meet at the main squares all over China to exercise.
People, who are more productive and successful in their careers, follow effective stress relief techniques. As the old saying goes – ‘’ happy worker is a productive worker. ‘’
No matter the hierarchy of office work, the machine operator in a factory can be just as stressed as the office Administrator because each person is unique in their problems and their problems are no less severe than that of company CEOs. Large corporations and medium sized companies tend to overlook the stress situations in office and they have to be more careful while dealing in human resources. Productivity of the company depends on its workers!
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Stress can be managed easily, if good communication flows between all levels of the workforce, from upper management to the junior level worker. When employees know that someone is listening to them and prepared to take action on issues, that is enough to seriously reduce stress levels.
There are jobs that are more stressful than others and require a certain level of pressure; however, at some point of time workers may feel that they have no control of stress. This sense of urgency can have a very destructive effect on not only the worker, but on the company as a whole. It starts affecting staff morale. When you have control on your work stress, you can improve inter personal relationships outside work. Keys to stress-free environment is improving communication, time management and understanding the adverse effects of stress.
Studies reveal that ‘time constraint’ is becoming the perpetrator of stress. Workers cannot handle the fixed work-schedules, the feeling that there is insufficient time to complete personal daily work tasks accounts for the greatest cause of stress at work. Proper and meaningful stress management system focuses on time-dependent tasks. To de-stress, workers should go for scheduled rest breaks. There must be rewards for productive stress-free work and combating non-productive workers that put pressure on their colleagues.