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The 4 Best Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

Posted by Yemi Branaman

Stress is on the rise in today’s society, with work being one of the leading causes.  However, there are many ways to reduce stress in the workplace and thus reduce individuals overall stress.  Here are four of the best ways to reduce stress in the workplace:


1.   Move More

Standing up and walking around for a few minutes every couple of hours can both increase productivity and reduce stress.  Walking, working out, and other forms of exercise increase blood flow throughout the body, allowing employees to refocus their responsibilities.  Focusing on the tasks at hand allows employees to decide what needs to be given the most attention and what can wait until a later time, this prioritization can lead to reduced stress throughout the workplace.


2.   Eliminate Multitasking

Multitasking is a big cause of stress in the workplace, so by giving employees less tasks at once you reduce the need to multitask and alleviate stress.  When people are given multiple tasks to work on at once, it is hard to prioritize what needs to be done when and how much time to spend on each task so that everything gets done on time.  The need to multitask can leave employees confused and stressed, it can even lead to a decrease in productivity, missed deadlines, and lower quality output.


3.   Meet Less

Instead of having a 30 minute meeting every day to talk about where everyone is with their responsibilities, think about limiting meetings to once a week.  Having one 1-2 hour meeting a week not only clears up a lot of free time in everyone’s schedules, but it also reduces stress.  A lot of time and effort goes into preparing for a meeting, so having to worry about those preparations more than once a week adds a lot of unnecessary stress to everyone involved.  Also, when there is a meeting every day, employees feel the need to rush through their work just so they can have updates to share at the next day’s meeting, which not only increases their stress levels, but also reduces the quality of work produced.


4.   Separate Work and Home Life

It is not uncommon for work to follow people home these days.  With all of the new technology, it is nearly impossible to separate between work life and home life.  One way to help make this division clearer is to get separate technology.  If you have a work computer that you use for all of your work, then leave it at work.  Taking the same computer to and from work every day and linking your work email directly to your smartphone can become very overwhelming, as even when you are off, you're still at work.  Drawing a clear line between work life and home life will allow you to get the break that you need while you are out of the office.  Having down time away from the office will allow you destress and come back to the office refreshed and ready to work.