Fight the office stress
If your stomach is already turning over in the morning while you go to work, if you get your hands soaked on the way to the office, then you should do something about your job stress as fast as possible. Tip number one: Analyze exactly what is to blame for your discomfort.
One and the same job can be a welcome challenge for some, but overwhelming another. The feeling of not being up to the challenge can make you sick in the long term. It is called – somewhat shortened – as stress. Suffering stress is no longer a “privilege” of managers. 28 percent of workers in the EU suffer from it. Above all the work under time pressure has a burdening effect. If low recognition by the boss or colleagues then increases, then the risk of cardiovascular disease increases many times.
Mental stress in the workplace is increasingly taken seriously. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more working days are lost worldwide through mental illness than physical illness. In Germany, around five billion euros in sickness costs are attributed annually to mental stress. It costs an additional nine billion euros, because employees have too little room for maneuver and can not contribute. Less commitment and retreat of employees are the result.
When does stress make you sick?
Whether the requirements in the workplace have a positive (challenge) or negative (overburdening) effect, the individual can find out very well with himself. Mag. Karin Hagenauer, occupational psychologist at the Occupational Health Service Salzburg, mentions the following symptoms of pathological stress: one thinks primarily of work, also at home and on weekends. You do not really recover at the weekend, you neglect your social contacts, you feel tired and tired all the time, you consume more and more stimulants like coffee and alcohol to get through your day.
When such symptoms become apparent, the psychologist first recommends relatively simple but highly effective strategies: do not take home a job as much as possible over the weekend. Finish the work week with a good habit, a ritual that will do you good, such as gymnastics on Friday night. Or meet with friends. Studies have shown that conversations with friends and acquaintances are the most commonly used and helpful forms of mental stress. Mind you, this is not psychotherapy in the narrower sense, but normal interpersonal conversations. 67 percent of the women surveyed and 45 percent of the men interviewed gave talks as sources of help during stressful situations and life crises. And to the question: “What was the cause of worried pondering?” Answered 30 percent: “If I can not talk to anyone”.
If you wake up in the night and think about the job, or about what should be done the day after and can not be forgotten, Mag. Hagenauer recommends to get up and write down the thoughts and ideas. So they come from the inside to the outside, from the soul to the paper and are also available the next morning and can be realized.
The stressors fathom
Then you should thoroughly investigate what causes stress. Is it the lot of work that needs to be done or is there not enough information? Do I have enough scope for decision-making, can I get recognition or is the work content not suitable for me? When employees feel stressed out, it is often less the personality of the person concerned than the structure and organization of a company. In order to find out, external help can also be used, for example in the form of occupational psychologists.
If the personal expectations of the company and the ideas of the job do not arrive or if the role of the employee within the company is not clearly defined, this should be discussed openly with the boss. It prepares well for the appointment and then acts without aggression, advises the psychologist. It has proven itself in communication in the workplace, if you bring concrete examples to illustrate the problem, rather than to generalize (so do not say: “This or that works anyway never with us!”), But rather: “Last week, at the Processing the project X, this or that did not work “).
When dealing with colleagues, it is also advisable to address any conflicts directly and not to put them off. This is no different in a company than in a well-functioning partnership. Here and there, one should discuss without aggression and reproaches and instead convey so-called first-person messages (better: “I have the feeling that something does not suit you” instead of saying “You never pay attention to me!”).
Source: Medizin Populaer