Published: 23rd April 2018
Here is how you can overcome stress from the workplace and ensure more productivity
We all go through stressful moments in life and how we deal with it, varies according to each person. Rather than panicking it is important to know how to deal with stress instead
Young graduates must understand the fact that their performance under stressful situations is a key factor for their success. They will have to be sensitised to the aspect of job-related pressure and will have to be prepared to overcome it without any strain.
The true personality of a person can be revealed when they are going through difficult times. It is not always the easy times that make a powerful person, but it is the difficult times that make a person powerful and strong.
Only a few have the tendency to take life easy, but the vast majority, break if they are to face difficult times. We have to accept that the skill of being able to deal with work pressure is a sought-after quality that determines whether a person will have a great career or not.
The following aspects would be helpful for young graduates to handle pressure, which might be a possible scenario in a workplace. While work pressure can occur due to many factors, these are some of the commonly known factors:
- Stress due to excessive workload
- Dissatisfaction due to low salary and perks
- Less or no opportunities for personal and professional growth
- Work environment not suitable or challenging
- Lack of team support
- Conflict of job environment with that of one’s personal value system
It is not strange to witness young professionals stating that they are under pressure in a work environment, but the crux of the issue would be that they might not exactly know the cause or reason for what causes pressure. More importantly, they might not discuss this with anyone at home or even with close friends, suffering in silence.
The youth can adopt the following strategies to handle pressure effectively and make their life happy by bringing out the best in them:
Track: The pressure points or zones have to be tracked by the youth at a specific time. They must come to a reasonable understanding if the work pressure is serious enough for them to be impacted by it. Tracking will help to record the nature of stress that they experience and the resulting circumstances that it creates. It will also help to identify minor pressure points that are insignificant and might be ignored.
Respond: Developing a healthy response is the key to handling pressure. The youth must rise above all personal limitations and soar high with their confidence to make lifestyle adjustments in the form of developing mental and physical capacities to take on the pressure professionally. An appropriate response will enrich the individual and empower them to handle the situation better.
Relax: The mindset that you are not the only one to encounter pressure will take the load off your shoulders. But one must learn to relax with life-enriching moments, so that there is an understanding that there is more to life than just professional expectations. This attitude will be supported and augmented if one can breathe easily and avoid being nervous. Relaxation will also recharge the mind to work on strategies to overcome work-related stress smoothly.
Job-related pressure is a serious issue that is growing in alarming proportions in society today. It is, therefore, a necessity that the youth are oriented to it and learn not to buckle under pressure.
(Nicholas Francis is an HR mentor based in Madurai. He serves as a member of the Board of Studies of Social Work in colleges and contributes to the professional training and development of institutes)