High Stress In The Office? It Could Be You

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January 31, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
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Are you stressed out at work? It might not be that project you’re working on, or even your co-workers. You might be creating the stress.

It is common for to get stressed out at work. In fact, as many as three in four U.S. employees report that work is a somewhat or very significant cause of stress in their lives, according to the American Psychological Association (APA) (via The Huffington Post), second only to money. Stress can cause lots of problems in the workplace, including absenteeism, tardiness, and employees who intend to quit, according to the CDC.

Because of these negative outcomes, it is important to pinpoint the source of your stress at work. Could you be it?

Here are the top five ways stress is created in the workplace.

1. Do you take on too much responsibility?  If you are overloaded, don’t agree to another project. Delegate if you can, or put something on the back burner.

2. Does all the decision making fall on your shoulders? If you are the boss or manger, trust your employees to handle certain responsibilities— including making some basic decisions. This will also help build teamwork. According to the website, “Employees who have a say about what they do at work and how they do it report greater job satisfaction.”

3. Do you fail to give feedback? If you don’t let your employees know how they are doing, then they might not perform the task as you’d like, causing you to handle it yourself or making your employees stressed because they failed. Give feedback and guidance.

4. Do you leave out the details when giving instructions? If you don’t tell employees exactly whet you need done then they can’t deliver. “Confusion about work duties, company goals or priorities can add to an employee’s stress level,” notes HuffPo.

5. Do you ignore each worker’s skills and interests? Use your employees to the utmost. “Underutilizing talent by assigning tasks outside of a worker’s skill set or with little meaning can lead to frustration and stress on the job,” concludes the news site.

Be for real. Are you the cause of your own stress?

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