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The workplace can often trigger feelings of anxiety; and learning how to manage these feelings can be difficult to master, espcially early on in your graduate career. High-impact decisions, important presentations, meetings, and personal conflicts are all common culprits for anxiety in the workplace.
The problem is that for some people, anxiety isn’t just a feeling that happens when the stakes are particularly high; it comes a feeling that happens on a regular basis, and can inhibit both performance and career progression.
Workplace anxiety is the main cause of productivity loss and extended absences. There is plenty of research to show that this can result in massive losses for the company (the average leave of absence taken for mental illness is up to 4 times longer than that taken for nonfatal illnesses).
The occupational effect of anxiety-related illness is more than just being absent from work. Employees who experience anxiety will also suffer a dramatic drop in performance, due to the anxiety disrupting their ability to process information to complete a simple task. And without proper processing of information, performance can severely suffer.
If you suffer from workplace anxiety, you can use the time scheduling software to manage your tasks so you can complete them on time. This can really help to reduce your anxiety, and make you more disciplined.
If anxiety at work is becoming a concern for you, here are 5 tips to help manage your workplace anxiety:
To some extent, gossip will be present in every workplace; whether it’s talking about the personal lives of coworkers or venting about issues.
Bonding with your co-worker by talking about another person, or “triangling”, is an unhealthy and disruptive way to manage workplace anxiety and stress. Examples of these situations include gossiping about another person or co-worker, using them as a scapegoat, and criticising someone behind their back.
Even though it might be tempting to talk or vent to a colleague, consider keeping your feelings to yourself or speaking directly to the individual with whom you have an issue. It might be difficult at first, but you can reduce anxiety by approaching them, communicating the facts about the situation, and reaching a resolution.
Most workplaces offer counselling through EAPs - Employee Assistance Programs - and can connect you to mental health resources to help you manage your anxiety.
It might be intimidating to speak up about your anxiety at work; however, if you take responsibility for your health and wellbeing, you can in turn become a role model for others. Improving communication, building a more solid relationship, and asking for help can benefit the entire office; so don't be ashamed.
You can also opt for low-cost and free resources available through non-profit organisations and advanced software and systems from the HR department. EmpowerWork, for instance, is a confidential and free text-based service that can help you navigate tricky situations such as office anxiety.
Sometimes, tasks at work can become sources of huge anxiety. A great strategy to manage workplace stress and anxiety is to turn your least favourite tasks into challenges for yourself.
Try timing yourself to see just how many you can complete, or how quickly you can complete your task. And by rewarding yourself when you reach a certain amount, you will encourage yourself to work more efficiently, instead of procrastinating.
There are various ways to turn your work into a personal challenge that will give you the opportunity to accomplish more, while also making your work more enjoyable and less stressful.
Therapists are often expensive, and have long waiting lists. However, in addition to professional support, you can try local support groups, find an array of relaxation podcasts and great books on these topics, or exercise to reduce your anxiety.
Remember that you can also lean on your family and friends and ask for advice and support to manage your anxiety.
Movement is crucial for reducing anxiety and stress in the workplace. Even with perfect posture, or regular exercise, prolonged sitting for too long isn’t good for your overall health, so try to build some activity into your day.
Visit the water cooler, refill office supplies, get up and stretch for a bit and instead of emailing your colleagues, just approach them and interact with them personally.
If you are struggling every day with your mental health at work, take some time off - and consider using your sick days for your mental health. Most workplaces offer paid time off, even if only for sick days. Use them to listen to what you might need and seek therapy or any other way that works for you to manage your anxiety.