Transitions in the industry, management and office politics, and feeling stymied can be major stressors in the workplace. Then turn on the news and be bombarded by take-overs, unemployment, and lay off statistics and ask again, why you suffer from migraines, insomnia, or an upset stomach.
Higher ups are feeling pressured and in turn they push you to perform better, produce more, and increase the dollar for less. Rather than continue on an unhealthy spiral, take immediate action to stay healthy and productive.
• Communicate to employers and colleagues your need for transparency, training, guidance, and the resources needed to get a job done. This may be a great time to explore and expand your job description and level of responsibility.
• Take a class. If training is not offered at work, consider the benefits of adding to your list of skills. Rather than making your employers or circumstances “wrong” for not offering the training, or having the resources to do so, consider being proactive. You may be able to use your new skills towards a different or better position.
• Stay away from gossip at the water cooler, especially if co-workers spend lots of time moaning and groaning about the ills of the company. This is also true for family and friends. Misery loves company and misery is stressful! Be a problem-solver rather than add to the list of issues. If you can, be brave and shut it down. Rather than gossiping or discussing issues with others, deal with the person or problem directly.
• Prioritize and be honest about the amount of time a task really takes. Do not try to squeeze a two-day assignment into one.
• Talks of lay-offs are being discussed; start looking for another position. Inquire about possible benefits or compensation packages offered if you are laid off. This is a great time to explore other fields of interest.
• If you are laid off, look at this as a possible opportunity, to rest, travel, re-create, or to re-invent yourself. This is not the time to isolate yourself or feel defeated. Get out there, network, and find support. You will quickly find you are not alone.
• Be your best you. Be creative, timely, and indispensable. Be the solution, not the problem. Dare to think outside the box!
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