Psychological Stress on the Job

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Robert A. Dato, PhD, NCPsyA

Nowhere are you more susceptible to stress than on the job. It is there that work and personal pressures combine to tax your system to its limits. While there is no cure for job stress, here is a set of proven principles that you might want to use on a daily basis to keep your job stress down to manageable proportions.

SET REASONABLE GOALS FOR YOURSELF. And set up a timetable. You will be surprised how quickly your accomplishments add up pursuing modest goals at a steady pace.

TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR WORK. This will make you strive to do your best, which will result in confidence, enthusiasm, and optimism.

LEARN TO ENJOY YOUR WORK. Discover ways to make your job more interesting and challenging. Creating better ways of doing your job will bring you increased satisfaction.

DO A LITTLE MORE THAN IS EXPECTED. Quality work is always noticed, though not always immediately acknowledged. But in the long run your extra efforts will pay off.

KEEP YOUR JOB IN PERSPECTIVE. You should work to live, not live to work. Learn to divert some of your energy to those activities in life, which bring you pure pleasure.

TREAT OTHERS WITH COURTESY AND RESPECT. That is what you want, so take the initiative and give before getting. It will make for a pleasant and productive environment.

DO NOT MAKE UNREASONABLE DEMANDS OF OTHERS. Doing so increases resistance to both productivity and cooperation. Try to understand the pressures that others are under.

BE WILLING TO COMPROMISE. Your views, strategies, and ways of doing things may be and feel right to you, but because everyone has a stake in the outcome, learn to compromise.

COOPERATE RATHER THAN COMPETE. Your right hand and your left hand are rarely at odds with each other so do not allow yourself to be at odds with your coworkers.

GIVE APPRECIATION FOR A JOB WELL DONE. People consistently rank money much lower than job satisfaction. Part of the satisfaction others receive should come from you.

© 1981 Dr. Robert Dato, Dato Leadership Institute
All Rights Reserved.

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