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3 major sources of work-related stress and their solutions

Stress and burnout are cultural epidemics that affect the workforce and according to Entrepreneur, it seems to be getting worse every year. About 79 percent of workers in America are “sometimes or frequently” stressed and two-thirds of the country’s workforce has experienced some level of burnout. If you belong to these statistics then you must be looking for a way to cope. And we have the information you need to do just that.

Based on ComPsych’s data on workers’ behavioral health, work-related stress is caused by three major factors: (39 percent), people issues (31 percent), and work-life balance (19 percent). These stressors are the cause of lessened productivity and may even lead to depression in worse cases. Here are micro solutions to overcome the aforementioned factors:

The Stress Source: Workload
Solution: Take note of your priorities for the day first thing in the morning.

Looking at it as a whole, your workload will seem overwhelming. But breaking it down in terms of time-sensitivity and importance is the key. Identify which tasks are important and which are not will help you achieve an effective workflow.

The Stress Source: People Issues
Solution: Encourage your colleagues to speak their minds.

Interacting with co-workers can be stressful when effective communication isn’t fostered. With that being said, encourage your colleagues to speak their mind during meetings and one on ones. This is a great source for new solutions and ideas that go beyond data on paper.

The Stress Source: Work-life balance
Solution: Time managing to your advantage.

Believe it or not, the key to work-life balance is time management. Your time at the office should only be consumed to accomplish work while your time at home should only be for your personal life. Time management keeps your personal life and your career from overlapping unto each other.