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32 Hope Street

South Brisbane
Queensland, 4101
Australia

32 Hope Street

South Brisbane
Queensland, 4101
Australia

Three actions points to reduce workforce stress

Our cultural epidemic of stress and burnout seems to get worse each year.
Recent AIS polls showed that 40% of people believed that their job was “highly or extremely” stressful, and 26% of people reported that they very often burnt out from work stress.
A survey from ComPsych, found that around 59 % of all employees evaluate themselves as “highly stressed.” According to the data, the top three causes of reported work stress are; workload (39%), people issues (31%), and juggling work and personal life (19%).
It’s entirely possible to keep work stress at bay by utilising a few proactive strategies, they’re a great place to start addressing major workplace
stressors. Here are a few that can help reduce your stress levels at work:

1: Workload and deadlines

The Microstep: Reflect on Priorities – get your ducks in a row.
Deciding what’s important the urgency of each task is key to reducing stress and improving productivity. Your list of priorities might always seem conflicting, but in reality, it’s entirely possible to prioritise your day. Evaluate each of your deadlines in terms of timeframes and importance and then start working away at your most urgent and important.
It’s important to note, if you feel as though your deadline is approaching and your workload is spiralling out of control, take actions before it gets to crisis point. Address your supervisor and explain your need for extensions on deadlines or your assistance requirements to meet them on time.

2: People issues

The Microstep: Invite Collaboration and knowledge Sharing.
Teamwork can be hard, each member brings along their own set of experience and unique perspective on tasks, projects and approach.
Engaging in contact with coworkers you are not familiar with can be intimidating and provide unsteady ground. How do you approach them?
What is their agenda? Do they envisage it going a different way?
The wonderful thing about approaching colleagues is the opportunity to share and expand knowledge bases and insight into new approaches to successfully complete shared tasks successfully.

3: Juggling personal and work life

 The Microstep: Take a moment to evaluate your current standings. There is no black and white where work and life balance, we would really have no excess stressors if this were the case, however finding the balanc of work and life can often leave us in a very grey area. How do we leave work stress AT WORK, and life stress at the door when we arrive?

One handy tip is to stop and take an inventory of our daily lives, the balance will always swing between priorities, both at home and at work. By
taking stock of our lives and the work life balance we can identify potential challenges, successes and the moments that are working in harmony. This allows you space to develop strategies for change and evaluation of your current standings.