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Organize your way to reduced employee stress

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Sunday, 31 July 2011 16:00

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Organize your way to reduced employee stressIt's amazing what a simple to-do list can help an individual achieve. From organization to prioritization, it's the little things in life that assist people in dealing with everyday stressors.

Employees looking to reduce workplace stress may want to consider taking a few minutes at the beginning of their day to write down what needs to be done, things that can wait for later and tasks that can be handled by someone else.

MindTools.com recommended breaking large tasks up in a to-do list by creating a separate set of jobs for that project. Lists should be prioritized from most important to least important.

Additionally, the site said that it may help individuals to make different lists for their work and personal lives.

HelpGuide.org has warned that some employees experience intense workplace stress as a result of their need to control every detail of a project. The source recommended that workers try to delegate less important jobs to a co-worker who may have more time or flexibility.  
 

Manager commitment to workplace stress reduction programs is key to successful initiatives

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Manager commitment to workplace stress reduction programs is key to successful initiativesThe UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) recently released a report evaluating several programs aimed at reducing workplace stress. The findings concluded that management personnel had to work toward the right levels of involvement to successfully reduce job-related stress.

Specifically, the CIPD concluded that managers at various levels needed to understand, agree with and support the aims of a stress intervention program in order to serve as effective role models and convince employees of the project's value.

In order to secure that kind of managerial involvement and commitment, the report concluded that selecting and effectively communicating a stress-reduction program's message to both managers and employees is necessary.

The report notes that organizations may need to select tools to fit their particular culture, for example using statistics to underscore the need for a stress management program or naming it in a way that is consistent with the organization's past programs.

To establish your own corporate wellness initiative, consider HeartMath's Revitalize You! e-learning program, which may help employees learn techniques to reduce stress. It also makes a number of tools available.

Employees can benefit from the emWave2 handheld interactive device, which gives immediate feedback, allowing users to align their breathing and heart rhythms and reducing the negative effects of stress
 

Australia may be experiencing an increase in mental stress and bullying at work

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Australia may be experiencing an increase in mental stress and bullying at workAustralian federal work health and safety regulator Comcare has recently reported that mental stress claims at work have increased 54 percent since 2006. Workplace stress can negatively affect productivity, employee loyalty and retention.

Workplace stress may lead to fatigue that can weaken the body and mind, making illness and disease more likely and negatively impacting employee performance. Job stress can contribute to symptoms like headaches, mood and sleep disturbances, or possibly worsen existing medical conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Australian report revealed that bullying and harassment were major causes of stress along with the pressure of the work itself. While companies may have bullying policies, they can be insufficient.

"In many cases, the policies can be subverted so that...sometimes people will turn a blind eye to it and sometimes people will block workers' attempts to bring it to the attention of senior staff," said Helen McGrath, a Deakin University psychologist.

McGrath noted that Australian authorities have increased efforts to reduce bullying by educating workers on their rights. Occupational health and safety consultant Kevin Jones stated that some complaints, when investigated, turn out to be more of a misunderstanding or isolated incident rather than regular bullying. 
   

Workplace challenges point to a need for employee resilience

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Thursday, 28 July 2011 16:00

Workplace challenges point to a need for employee resilienceIn an economic environment where few things are certain, the ability of an employee or an organization to bounce back from a crisis or stressful event has perhaps never been so important.

As a result, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) teamed up with two other organizations to define the strategies that administrators and workers can use to build their professional resilience.

According to the CIPD, employee resilience can be supported with interventions that influence a more positive outlook. Additionally, workers should be supplied with tools and resources to develop skills to cope with stress. Such efforts may support a healthy overall lifestyle, the CIPD said.

Organization resilience can be strengthened with a strong business ethics that promote trust in the workplace. Also, a management team that is concerned with improving worker engagement and employee wellness may help build a better team, making for a more flexible business.

Employee wellness programs are available that promote reduced workplace stress and improved employee performance through healthy interventions and coaching methods.  
 

Worries can manifest themselves in several ways

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Worries can manifest themselves in several waysWorkers who tend to worry a lot may show it in different ways, with some taking proactive measures to solve problems and others choosing instead to criticize an organization for perceived shortcomings.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Penn State University found that the different ways in which people express their inner fears may have a significant effect on their relationships.

“The worry may be similar, but the impact of the worry on their interpersonal relationships would be extremely different. This suggests that interpersonal problems and worry may be intertwined,” said lead researcher Amy Przeworski.

The team of scientists said that worriers tend to fall within four categories: intrusive, cold, nonassertive and exploitable.

For example, a person who expresses their troubles in an intrusive manner may tend to excessively interrupt other individuals in an attempt to ease their mind. Others may be passive in how they deal with their fears, and some may be cold and critical of those who they perceive to be the cause of their worries.

Employees who are overly worried may be in need of tools and resources to manage their workplace stress. Employee wellness programs that provide these have been shown to effectively improve employee performance while reducing tension in the office.  
   

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