In the midst of a busy quarter, we can all suffer from stress in the workplace. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to let the pressure get to you and your colleagues, so Company Away Days have found the most helpful tricks and tips out there (and we aren’t talking about coffee and doughnuts, sorry!) to help you refocus and be the best version of you.
1. Ask about a Company Away Day
If you’re feeling unsure in the workplace it can often be a sign that team morale is wavering. By booking a Company Away Day you can engender a real sense of team spirit and rejuvenate the workforce so that by Monday you’ll be able to take to the office with a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm. See our wide range of Activities.
2. Music in the workplace
It’s been statistically proven that playing music in the workplace can make staff more productive. Research states that 73% of warehouse workers say they are more productive when good background music is being played, and 65% of businesses say that music makes their workplace more active. (Source: BBC)
Speaking of staying active, whether it’s a short walk on your lunch break or a 5K run after you get home, exercise is a proven reducer of stress and anxiety. In fact, research has found that individuals who enjoy regular exercise are 25% less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder over the next five years. (Source: ADAA)
4. Search for new experiences
It could be a day course, an evening class or even self-taught skills from online guides at home. Learning new working methods and engaging with new experiences is a fantastic way to add to your armoury and recognise your commitment to yourself as a professional and a human being.
5. Be prepared
If an impending meeting feels like a black cloud hanging over your head, then take the time to make notes and a plan of action for it. This can result in an extremely positive change in attitude, just like the old saying goes “imagine you’ve closed the sale before you’ve even opened the door”.
6. Accept your setbacks
Believe it or not, setbacks can actually be a positive thing. They provide a unique opportunity to learn from your failures, to teach you how to work smarter and to not give up when things get hard. And the next time you face the difficult situation you stumbled on the first time, you’ll feel all the more confident.
7. Recognise your achievements
On the other hand, it’s also important to celebrate your victories. At the end of the quarter or even just a busy week, take the time to congratulate yourself on your successes even if nobody else can find the time to. In business it’s so easy to focus on the negatives and the areas we can improve, that we often forget to thank ourselves for the things we’re doing well.
8. Become a “Yes Man”
And that doesn’t mean agreeing with everything the boss says! Learn to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes your way in the workplace. Whether it’s a company night out, a chance to go on a course or simply to learn a new skill to implement in your day-to-day. This will help you to believe in your abilities – and to recognise that taking on new tasks isn’t outside of your grasp.
9. Create your own change
If the workplace has taken on a negative attitude, then try to make a change with your own actions. Share your frustrations with your colleagues and think of ways you can make things better, not only will you create a more hospitable working environment, but you’ll also brand yourself as an honest, conscientious colleague with a real sense of initiative.
10. Enjoy yourself
You might struggle to remember why you love your job at times, but the truth is if you didn’t enjoy it, you wouldn’t be there. So take the time to remind yourself why you went for your current job in the first place, list the things you like about it and list the things you don’t. The chances are the positives will outweigh the negatives.
11. We’ve all been here before
Finally, above all else, remember that everybody has been here before from the most junior of staff members to the company CEO. Believe it or not, stress is the appropriate response to a busy work environment and all the pressures that come with it. All you can do is put in your best performance, own your position within the company and do your utmost to remain kind and positive to yourself.