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Reduce Workplace Stress

Learn the most effective coping methods for your stress type. Joy and engagement is right around the corner.

Top Workplace Stressors & How to Cope with Each

1. Workload

Increasing workload due to staff cutbacks, high turnover, meet rising expectations with no more job satisfaction or recognition is the top stressor in the workplace. With 46% of employees claiming “workload” as a significant pressure point that holds them back from efficiency, it’s imperative organizations put the following coping methods into place.  

  • Prioritization & Delegation

Knowing the difference between urgent and important and what is a Big Win or a Major Project takes training.


Achieving the big goals start with the daily tasks so it’s important to AIM-SMART.  

2. People Issues & Unfair Treatment
  • Cultivate Trust & Assertiveness
    When your team trusts one another to a point where honest, assertive communication can take place, people issues are resolved quickly and unfair treatment fades away. The most proven way to build trust is through the number of commonalities we have between one another. So, get to know your team, let them know you, and definitely create a space where they learn about each other.
  • Negative-Neutral-Positive SMaRT Tool
    Reframe your way of thinking.
3. Juggling Personal Life with Work Demands
  • Calendar Management
    Keep calendars that can overlay, like Google or iCal, and make one for each person in your family. Put all items on the calendars no matter how mundane they might be. Create a work calendar that overlays onto your family calendar and make sure your projects don’t compete with family obligations.
  • Learn to Say "No" or "Not Now"
    If what is being asked of you does not support your top priorities in life, then it’s easy to say “no” or “not now.” For example, if someone asks you to work on a project that is going to take you away on weekends, and your priority is to make it to every one of your kid’s soccer games, say "no" or "not now." Know your non-negotiables and be proud of it!
4. Fear of Being Laid Off (so work at or beyond optimal levels at all times)
  • 50 / 10 Rule
    Pushing hard all the time creates multiple types of stress. We eventually stop working at peak performance which requires us to work more hours and push harder than if we gave ourselves regular breaks. The 50/10 rule is you schedule yourself tasks worth 50-minutes of every hour, leaving 10-minutes for a break. Scheduling your time in intervals allows the body to return to homeostasis and recharge.
  • Review Job Descriptions to Negotiate Tasks
    Teams are superb at 80% of their job tasks and struggle with the rest. Give permission to negotiate how those other tasks are completed or reassign them to someone else. In business, it’s more important the tasks be done by the best person to complete them than one particular individual with a specific title. 
5. Unrealistic Demands from Management
  • Take the Kolbe Index Assessment
    Everyone has natural talents and instinctive strengths. When managers are unaware of what those are from their teams, they can’t leverage those strengths to yield powerful results. The Kolbe System will give you a detailed roadmap on exactly how to lead.
  • Take the Energy Leadership Index Assessment
    The ELI is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.

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