Dealing with workplace challenges:
Managing stress and avoiding burnout

Stress is sometimes referred to as the modern epidemic — a widespread condition that creates additional tension to individuals within the workplace and in their personal life.  Whether life events are problems or challenges, we experience stress in various ways.

What is stress? The Australian Psychological Society defines stress as a feeling of being overloaded, wound-up tight, tense and worried.  The pressure placed upon an individual exceeds their capacity to cope so that stress occurs.  Stress is an unhealthy state of body or mind or both.

We all experience stress at times.  It can sometimes help to motivate us to get a task finished or perform well.  But stress can also be harmful if we become over-stressed and it interferes with our ability to get on with our normal life for too long.  Managing stress is about taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems.

Adverse work conditions and poor management practices are a  common cause of work stress. by having the ability to identify early warning signs of stress you can manage stress and implement coping strategies.  This will result in an improvement in your personal and professional wellbeing. Personal interventions used outside of work were important to prevent and remedy stress.

However, if you improved your management style, did some exercise, took breaks and ensured adequate time for planning work tasks you would be able to manage stress effectively. 

 

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9 Common causes of work stress

  1. Unrealistic demands
  2. Lack of support
  3. Unfair treatment
  4. Low decision latitude
  5. Lack of appreciation
  6. Effort–reward imbalance
  7. Conflicting roles
  8. Lack of transparency
  9. Poor communication.

Does not fitting in cause you stress?

 

Mentoring and Development Training: Dealing with workplace challenges

$ 300 PLUS GST

(Managing stress, avoiding burnout, recognising mental health symptoms, and work-life balance)

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