Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.10. Investigate measures that can help to minimise stress in the workplace

ryanrori February 7, 2021

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It need not be difficult to relieve workplace stress. By implementing these simple methods you will find yourself minimising your stress and others will also benefit. 

Create realistic goals. 

By having unrealistic goals you could be adding stress to your life. By setting small sets of sensible goals you will lower the anxiety that comes from not achieving a high, unattainable goal.

Avoid gossip and complaints. 

This type of behaviour can cause a negative, stressful attitude for everyone- keep away from this. Instead if there are problems, talk with your superiors no matter what it is, when necessary. Some things can be solved by speaking and learning to speak up and being a positive “can-do” person can affect others around you. 

Start your day early

By arriving earlier for work, rather than staying late there will be less people to distract you from your tasks, and you may find that you are more industrious and less tense.

Use a to-do list or calendar to simplify your goals

This is good time management practice and by using this and knowing exactly what to prioritise, stress will be reduced greatly. Also use your diary or electronic diary to plan your day and you will find that your life has been organised and simplified.

Take breaks at work. 

If you are sitting for hours on end in an office chair you will find health problems such as chronic back pain, carpal tunnel, eye strain and more creeping up on you. All you have to do is get up from your desk every half an hour.

Take a lunch break

You need to have at least 30 minutes in the day that is not at work. Even going for a walk will help. You may even choose to find a quiet spot to meditate or simply enjoy your lunch by savouring it instead of rushing to eat. 

It is well known that meditation, breathing exercises or regular massage can also have stress relief effects.

Take regular holidays

You have this paid time given to you to rest and not worry about work. By taking this time it will help to revive your attitude and look forward to your work.

Identify techniques that can help to reduce or manage prolonged individual stress

Earlier in the manual we clearly indicated that stress is an unavoidable fact of life. Knowing how to manage this will add great value to your life. There are measures that can be implemented at your place of work. 

Reasonable accommodation

These are measures put in place that do not allow for discrimination based on a person’s age, race, sex, religion, disability or any of the rights that are cited in the Bill of Rights. 

An organisation can put these steps in place and also not put any undue stress on the company to do so. 

There is no list of required accommodations. Accommodations are determined by the employer and employee, and involve certain principles:

  • The accommodation must respect the dignity of the individual. This measure should seek to help the person and not put them under further stress; for example, ensuring that the work place can deal with disabilities such as someone in a wheelchair. 
  • Since discrimination includes workplace harassment and prejudice towards people with mental health problems and all the rights listed in the Bill of Rights, accommodation may include activities such as workplace education, issuing a clear statement that harassment will not be tolerated, and ensuring that employees are aware that they can report instances of inappropriate comments or attitudes in the workplace.

In some cases the person needs further assistance in order to be helped with the cause of the stress. This is a delicate matter and at no time should the person feel forced or be treated differently other than with a genuine sense of compassion. Health care regarding mental health with regards to stress is a reality of our life. Referring the person for coaching or even therapy may be a lifesaving gesture.