Do you have trouble concentrating at work? Do you procrastinate or take long to get things done? Are you feeling anxious, irritable or depressed, apathy and loss of interest in work?
Are you feeling exhausted all the time? Feeling empty and devoid of motivation and most of all not seeing any hope of positive change in your situation?
All these and many more are undeniable signs of workplace stress.
Work place stress is normal. As a manager, there are too many pressures that demands too much of you physically and psychologically. The result is increased fear, uncertainty and higher levels of stress, which can go a long way to affect your productivity and health.
Stress and Communication
Stress can hamper effective communication by disrupting your capacity to think clearly and creatively, or even act appropriately. Constant stress at the workplace can make you feel disillusioned. When you are stressed, you are more likely to misread your workers and send confusing or off-putting, non-verbal signals.
Excessive and prolonged stress can cause an emotional, mental and physical exhaustion that can interfere with your performance as a manager. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to accept the role in the first place .Sometimes you even start to rethink your career ambitions. You begin to lose your sense of value and have self-doubt, feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated, decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment, loss of motivation etc.
Eventually you feel like you have nothing more to give and this can spill over into every aspect of your life such as your social life and home.
The signs and symptoms of workplace stress initially are subtle, but they get worse and worse as time goes on. As the leader of your organization, your ability to deal with stress can be the difference between success and failure.
Do not ignore stress
When stress is getting you down, do not avoid or mask the issue at hand. If you ignore the warning signs of stress, it will only get worse or lead to bigger problems in your work. However, if you take steps to get your life back into balance, you can increase productivity and competence as a manager.
It should be in your interest, as a leader, to keep your own stress levels and that of the workplace to a minimum. You must understand that your emotions or feelings at the workplace are contagious. You are required therefore to act as a positive role model, especially in times of high stress situations. If a respected manager remains calm in stressful work situations, it is much easier for his or her employees to remain calm as well. The better you are at managing your own stress, the more you will positively affect those around you; and the less other people’s stress would negatively affect you.
Coaching helps, really it helps
Everyone has unique response to stress. There is no “one size fits all” solution to managing stress. In fact, no single method works for everyone or in every situation. As an executive coach, I can help you identify the hidden sources of your stress and come up with healthy and productive strategies to cope with stress at the workplace. Also, feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss more about how executive coaching might be of help to you or a leader in your organization.