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Ease Your Work Load & Reduce Stress [Fulfillment@Work]

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June 28th, 2011
   ISSN: 1533-3906

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MESSAGE FROM JOEL

Please forward this newsletter about reducing your stress and easing your work load to your family, friends, and coworkers.

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Many of you are working longer and harder since most employers are still reluctant to bring on new personnel.

Although this short-sighted strategy may help to keep the corporate ship afloat, it is certainly taking its toll on those frantic few who are called upon to man (and woman) the oars.

According to a survey conducted by the Families and Work Institute, overworked employees are more likely to:

  • Be stressed and experience more symptoms of clinical depression.
  • Report their health is poorer.
  • Neglect caring for themselves.
  • Make mistakes at work.
  • Feel angry at their employers for expecting them to do so much.
  • Resent coworkers who don't work as hard as they do.

If any of those symptoms sound familiar, I encourage you to read this article from the Wall Street Journal in which I am mentioned: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703988504576295994157021046.html?KEYWORDS=garfinkle

Their reporter asked me and several other experts for strategies on how people can help ease their work load.
And if those tips aren't enough, I've included some more useful action steps in the article below.


All the best, Joel



 

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10 Ways to Ease Your Work Load & Reduce Your Stress

1. Prioritize.

Focus on what's most important and make sure high priority work gets done first. Also, make sure your priorities are consistent with those of your supervisor.

2. Schedule your day around those priorities.

Write down your to-do list and don't get distracted. If that means not answering your phone or checking emails just once or twice each day, so be it.

3. Learn to say no.

There's a fine line between being a cooperative "team player" and someone who is abused by taking on work that should be done by others or, perhaps, not even at all. Sticking to your priorities and having a well-defined job description can help.

4. Don't be afraid to negotiate.

If someone asks you to do an extra assignment, say, "I'd be glad to it if you can get someone else to take the so-and-so project" or "Yes, I'll take that on, but only if we push back the deadline several weeks."

5. Dare to delegate.

Is there a task that could be done more quickly or efficiently by a coworker?

6. Set boundaries (and stick to them).

For example, make it a point to never work through lunch or to eat at your desk or take work home over the weekend. Setting boundaries will help you maintain a work/life balance that provides you enjoyment, peace and fulfillment in all aspects of your life.

7. Take advantage of time management training.

If your company doesn't offer it, look online or check out your local library.

8. Get the tools you need to be more efficient.

Are there tools or software programs available that can make you more efficient and thereby reduce your workload and stress?

9. Brainstorm with team members.

If you're overworked, chances are your coworkers are feeling in over their heads, too. Take some time to share ideas about how to cope, share the work load or be more efficient. But, stay positive! Don't let your brainstorming session turn into a woe-is-me pity party.

10. Ask for help.

If you're feeling stressed or depressed about your workload then you owe it to yourself and your supervisor to voice your concerns. Don't suffer in silence and let the pressure affect your work performance and relationships with those you care about at home. If your boss isn't receptive, look for a mentor, colleague or trusted friend who can serve as a sounding board and help you find solutions.

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 QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life."

~ Danzae Pace


"Companies today cannot afford to ignore the issue of work/life balance. Providing employees the flexibility to address personal commitments, without compromising the needs of the business, can make the difference between a good working environment and a great one."

~ Diane Domeyer


"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths."

~ Etty Hillesum







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