Handling Stress: Use these examples for setting employee performance goals. Help your employees master this skill with 5 fresh ideas that drive change.

Handling Stress is the skill to balance the requirements of the job and your abilities or available resources in performing it.

Handling Stress: Set Goals for your Employees. Here are some examples:

  • Stop obsessing over every detail and just learn to perform one's best in order to avoid wasting time on tasks and meet deadlines
  • Make short to-do lists with short breaks in between to give one time to refresh between tasks
  • Take a deep breath or pause whenever faced with a difficult situation in order to change one's way of thinking
  • Learn to communicate and ask questions in order to avoid unnecessary conflicts, and waste less one's and other employees' time
  • Set clear boundaries between work and home; avoid answering work calls or replying work e-mails when one is having some time off work
  • Reevaluate one's schedule once in a while in order to eliminate less important tasks and have more time and energy for what really matters in one's professional life
  • Schedule more time for things that help one feel fresh in the mind such as taking a walk or watching one's favorite TV show
  • Look for a trusted colleague or family member to talk to when faced with a problem in order to feel relieved and figure out what to do with the problem
  • Be smart about the three fundamentals of releasing stress; enough sleep, exercising few times a week and eating healthy
  • Stay calm under pressure and wait until one can make a difference or get involved

Handling Stress: Improve and master this core skill with these ideas

  • Understand where the stress is coming from - When stress hits the workplace, a big mess often comes from different angles. By precisely pinpointing the stressors in the workplace, you are one step closer to taking action and staying organized.
  • Manage your time effectively - The biggest stressor for almost everyone is a lack of time. This is not true because we all have an equal amount of time, what matters is how we spend it.
  • Note the difference between worrying and caring - Our minds if not properly taken care of, can cause a small issue to mushroom into a pile of problems and stress everyone around us. Worrying does not show care. Instead, it produces stress. By learning to care for others without causing stress genuinely, you help others cope.
  • Accept mistakes - Don't allow yourself to drown in perfectionism - it is a source of workplace stress. Avoiding mistakes and spending your entire days walking on eggshells is exhausting and anxiety provoking. Accepting mistakes and learning from them is key to learning great things.
  • Think of what you can control and work on it - Trying to control uncontrollable things is stressful and can rub others the wrong way. Things beyond your control should be left just as they are and not allow them to create any stress. Work on that which you can monitor and make the workplace a happy place.