Recruitment is not an easy business to get into. While it can definitely be a rewarding industry, you’d have to be tough to excel in this highly competitive environment. Chasing and buttering up great candidates while making sure you still meet the over-the-top requirements of the clients can constantly trigger and escalate your stress levels. This is the reason why recruitment is often ranked as one of the most stressful jobs out there.
Workplace stress is an unavoidable reality that is experienced by everyone, not just by people in the recruitment field. In the UK, more than 15.4 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression, and anxiety. Workload pressures, tight deadlines, and too much responsibility are just some of the reasons reported that caused these lost days.
While many companies are already implementing several tactics to allow for less stressful environment settings, there are certain techniques that employees can adapt to manage stress. Here are 5 practical tips that you can apply today to manage your stress at work.
Learn To Prioritise
If you have the habit of multi-tasking then this may be one factor that’s making you so stressed out. While you might think that this will make you finish your work much quicker, the reality is, you’re just overloading your brain with information. Instead of helping you, multitasking could actually be damaging your productivity.
According to many studies, multitasking causes a decrease in efficiency by as much as 40% and it also causes your creativity and memory to suffer. When this happens, it only adds to your stress rather than lessen it.
In order to avoid this, learn how to prioritise on the most important and achievable tasks first so you can tick them off as completed and you can move on to your next assignment. Make a to-do list and tackle it one item at a time. However, avoid being too ambitious by overfilling it with tasks you’re obviously not going to complete in a workday. The act of checking one item from your list will give you a sense of fulfilment that could motivate you to continue.
Focus On Your Own Tasks
It can be tempting sometimes to give your own thoughts on the company’s new website or help out the operations team in the company’s anniversary party, but if you have too much on your plate already, focus on your own tasks first before dabbling into your colleagues’ work.
While there’s nothing wrong with collaborating with other people in the workplace, you’re not helping the company by delaying your own tasks to help another department. Keep in mind that the company will only succeed if employees in their own business departments remain functional.
Take A Break
Spending hours online trying to hunt down the next Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg can be frustrating. Sometimes it can even make you feel that your search is hopeless and you’re just ready to throw in the towel. If you find yourself stuck, get up and take a breather. Walk around, or better yet, get yourself some espresso to perk up.
According to research stopping for a coffee break in the office could actually boost your productivity. Micro-breaks can help you recharge and stay more alert. This will prevent you from making mistakes leading to an increase in efficiency.
Breathe And Stretch
When you have a desk job, it is not uncommon to develop bad office habits including being stuck to your desk the entire day. This can lead to muscle tension, back problems, and other physical pains. When your body is feeling discomfort, this adds to your mental stress as well.
Doing breathing and stretching exercises can help you become more relaxed. Even if you’re in the middle of a busy workday, devoting a few minutes to release your tension can be very helpful. According to experts, stress can restrict blood flow leading to knots in your neck and shoulder muscles. When you stretch, you are promoting better blood circulation to the brain which will help you relax and could elevate your mood.
Eat Healthy Snacks
Believe it or not, that doughnut or chocolate bar you wolfed down after learning that the candidate you’re pursuing just signed up with the competitor will not help you get over your stress. While the sugar may provide a temporary burst of relief, stress eating will only lead you to a crash and burn scenario. But at the same time, you also don’t want to miss out on meals because being “hangry” can also be a cause of your stress.
What you need is to go for healthy snack options like fruit, nuts, peanut butter, or cheese. You could pack these healthy snacks to replace your candy stash in your office drawer. If you don’t have the time to do so, buying nutrient-dense options from convenience stores is still much better than eating junk.
Organise Your Physical And Digital Space
Having a chaotic environment can add to your stress. There’s nothing more frustrating than being unable to find where you filed that client document, where you saved the CV of your best candidate, or accidently falling victim to a malware attack because you opened an email with a dodgy attachment.
You can address this by making sure that your working space is always in order. Store printed documents in an easy to find filing system. Clean up your desk and your drawers so it’s not piled up with distracting stuff.
This habit should also apply to maintaining your digital devices. If you always get lost and overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of emails that you receive, tackle that first. Ask your IT to install spam filters or apply an automated feature that could categorise your emails. This will help you see at first glance which emails you need to tackle first. Emails should work to your advantage, not stress you out.
Your digital files should be categorised in labelled folders that can easily be accessible. Make it a habit to do a weekly clean-up of your hard drives or cloud storage devices. Get rid of duplicate and unnecessary files.
Managing Stress At Work
Stress in the workplace is unavoidable. Even employees who work in the top organisations in the world still face stressful situations. By applying these tried and tested techniques, you can combat your job stressors. This will help you perform better in your job, be happier, and healthier as well.