Fall is here, although for a lot of people it already feels like winter! It’s a time for family, fun and the celebration of nationally recognized holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve, all a month apart. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays approaching, the stress level within the workplace can have a tendency to rise.
In 2006, it was reported that two-thirds of full-time workers nationwide said they experienced workplace stress around the holidays, and at least 25 percent had taken at least one day off in the past due to holiday stress. The survey also stated that forty-four percent of employees want employers to be sensitive to work/life balance.
In Forbes article “Five Keys to Transform Workplace Holiday Stress From the Inside Out”, it’s mentioned that stress within the workplace during the holidays could contribute toward the economic climate and challenging marketplace. Being cautious of employee stress levels can help your organization keep your workplace stress free during the holiday season. Forbes’ five keys to transform workplace holiday stress within the article include ideas such as, learning to acknowledge your own feelings without taking things too personally, how to determine priorities to avoid over-extending yourself, and the importance of taking time to recharge yourself.
Here are a few of our suggestions for managing stress during the holiday season:
- Give Back – We have often heard the saying “Sharing is Caring”. This holiday season, find a way to incorporate giving back in your workplace. Adopt a family this Thanksgiving or Christmas. Volunteer at a shelter, soup kitchen or nursing home as a group. This will place the focus on something or someone greater than the stress or pressure you are experiencing.
- Zone Out – One of my personal favorites! When you are feeling overwhelmed, put on your favorite song and have a jam session at your desk. It is said that the right music can lower your blood pressure and provide music therapy.
- Get Organized – Don’t live your work life in chaos. Cleaning serves as a stress reliever. Try to keep your area clean by organizing your papers and prioritizing your to-do list.
Mastery offers many courses to help your organization stay stress free this holiday season:
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