With the stress and worry of job cuts, recession and struggling businesses, even the most relaxed office environments have become pressured and tense. Knowing how to cope with a highly pressured and stressful environment is important to maintaining a positive attitude at work and being satisfied with your job.
Here are some helpful tips on how to cope as an employee in a tough office!
Decorate your desk
Not literally… we don’t advise you start wall papering your cubicle, but by all means put up a few photos of your family or friends to cheer you up when work gets stressful. Having your own mug will also help to give you a feel of ‘homeliness’ at work.
Take time to yourself
Make sure you are relaxed and stress free on the Sunday night before work on Monday morning; have a bath, watch your favorite film, visit family, or do whatever makes you happy. Once at work, make sure you arrive 5-10 minutes early to give yourself time to settle in, make a cup of coffee and catch up with your colleagues.
Use your lunch hour wisely
Don’t sit at your desk eating and never work through your lunch hour. It is important that you pop outside the office to stretch your legs and get fresh air. You should also plan some lunch dates with your friends or family so you have something to look forward to.
If your office is a noisy one then invest in a small set of earplugs; they are discreet and will help you to zone out the surrounding distractions, making it easier for you to concentrate on your job.
Make a cuppa and bring snacks with you
Don’t go the whole day just sipping water, make yourself your favorite drink, whether it is a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate! Although comfort eating is never a good idea, it is advised to take some of your favorite snacks to work with you – this is a great morale boost in times of pressure.
Plan your day
With a high-pressured environment, organization and planning is key to a smooth running operation. Take some time each morning or at the beginning of each week to plan. This will give you a clear idea of your daily and weekly targets and deadlines to meet.
Get plenty of rest
The less rest you have the more irritable you will be, so be sure that you get your full 8 hours sleep per night. Try to switch off at least 30 minutes before you go to bed by reading a book rather than watching the TV. Avoid drinking just before bed as this will help you to sleep all the way through without having to get up for the toilet.
A stressful working environment is never a nice feeling but in times of economic crisis, it seems to be a more common experience, especially in large companies operating within finance industries. By following the above mentioned ‘coping techniques’, you can significantly reduce the pressure you feel at work and maintain a healthy work-life balance.