Friday, July 18, 2014

Are you the cause of your own stress? 4 reasons why you might be your own worst enemy in the workplace.

There's no doubt that we live in a world where there's a lot that can stress us out and the office is no different. There are surprise deadlines, tedious commutes, tough bosses, and many other factors that can lead to stress in the workplace. But when you ask people what they feel their biggest stressors are at many times you may find that they're internal, meaning they create them themselves. Trying to gain more knowledge on the subject SkyPlanner took to the internet to find out more about workplace stress. Below are some causes we at SkyPlanner, South Florida's best choice for Salesforce consulting and customization, have found to raise stress levels:

The irrational need to be perfect 
While criticism, bad reviews, or even termination are always possibilities if something doesn't go according to plan, the belief that no matter how hard you work you're never good enough and everything will end in tragedy can wreck havoc on your mind. And that will almost always lead to deteriorating production (which will, in turn, lead to even more stress).

The belief that you need to know everything
Usually the most successful people tend to be those that are good at ironing out the details. That's a great trait to have. The problem lies when a person believes that they should know every little detail about everything at all times. The world is fluid and there will always be surprises yet that fact is lost on some, and it unnecessarily adds to real stressors. Let's face it: if you knew everything that can and will happen, you'd win the lottery every week until you die and you wouldn't need to worry about work anyway.  

The "catastrophizing" of every mistake
No matter how experienced or prepared you are mistakes are inevitable. It's a universal truth and no matter how hard you refuse to accept it, it's not going to change. Yet people allow themselves to dwell on every little error that occurs in the workplace. Truth be told, catastrophic mistakes are usually the result of many smaller wrongs that have added up, so if you're doing everything as it should be no one mistake will be too big to overcome.

Plain old paranoia
The culmination of the three previous points will eventually lead to what can only be described as workplace paranoia, or the added pressure you heap on yourself when you think everybody thinks you're horrible at your job. While it's true you will be judged on your performance very rarely (in a good work environment) will people think badly of you or your work.

The worst thing about stress is that it doesn't just affect your work performance, it affects all aspects of your life. Here is a just a quick list of ways stress can affect your health and social interactions in everyday life.

Common effects of stress ...
... On your body... On your mood... On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal
There's no need to emphasize how serious all the above factors can be to quality of life. It's essential to take some time to reflect what we've uncovered, and to make the changes necessary to eliminate your own self-induced stressors.