A stress free work environment has a pleasant physical environment, positive company culture and people who get along well together.
There is no perfect job, but you can make your job and your workplace as stress-free as possible , by making a few adjustments and initiating some stress management techniques.
Your Work Environment
Everyone is different in what they can tolerate and how they work. I once had a summer job working for a woman who had piles of papers all over (and surrounding) her desk.
It drove me crazy to look at her piles, as I would have spent hours searching for each paper that I needed. However, Janine knew exactly where each document was, and it only took her a minute or two to find something that she needed.
We had totally different work styles and totally different ways to organize our work spaces. But, Janine’s style worked for her–and my style works for me.
Every work place should have a comfortable environment that meets your physical needs and has enough space for you to get your work done efficiently.
Stress Free Work Environment for You
Here are some things to consider:
- Physical space – consider whether you have enough space to do your job in comfort and safety. Is it an efficient set-up or do you have to go up three stories to do photocopying?
- Privacy – Do you have some personal space in your work environment or are you shoulder to shoulder with a co-worker–perhaps someone that you don’t get along with? You don’t necessarily need your own private office. But, do you have enough quietude to get your work done, or is it so noisy that you can’t think straight?
- Pressure – Is your boss always peering over your shoulder or putting pressure on you to work faster? Or do you feel that you are supported and appreciated?
- Noise, light and temperature – Is the physical environment comfortable or are you always cold or hot? Can you see well enough to get your work done?
- Equipment – If you use a computer or equipment for your job, is it kept in good running order?
Do you prefer working for a small local company or a large corporation? In a large corporation, you might have more opportunities for advancement. You also might have work that is more specialized.
On the other hand, in a small company, you may have work experience doing lots of different things. Your hours and vacations might be more flexible. And you may have less stress in the workplace, because the atmosphere is less rigid and more relaxed.
On the other hand, in a small company, you might have to cover for someone else when you want to go on vacation. In a small company, two people can’t be off work at the same time.
In today’s world, there is no work position that is totally secure. However, if you do a good job, you are more likely to get promoted to a higher position within the company.
Does your job offer you on the job training to improve your work skills?
Do you want to advance to a higher position or would you prefer to work in your current position? Some people find that they have less work related stress when they work in a familiar job–one that they have mastered and know well. Being comfortable with their job is more important than advancement.
Getting Along with Others
Every work place has its own social environment. Often the social atmosphere of a workplace is set at the top. The top management people set the example for the rest of the company.
Here are some things to consider in order to describe a stress free work environment:
- Are people friendly? Do they know each other by name?
- Is the atmosphere business-like? Does everyone work as a team to get things done?
- Is peer pressure positive? For example, in some workplaces, there is pressure “not to work too hard” because you’ll make others look bad. Or, there could be pressure to “do your part” so that you don’t let co-workers down. Peer pressure can contribute to workplace stress.
- Inappropriate comments – Comments that are not appropriate at work include sexual harassment, racial comments, and unnecessary unfriendly criticisms. Stress in the workplace is increased when there is tension among employees.
- Bullying – unfortunately this has become an issue in many work environments. Learn how to deal with bullies , if this is an issue in your work place.
Stress Free Work Environment
Coping with Stress
You can avoid a lot of workplace stress by choosing a good company that has a fairly stress free environment.
However, not everyone is looking for a new job, nor does everyone want to find a new job. So, realistically, many will need to use good stress management techniques–in the job they currently have.
In your mind, describe stress free work environment and then think of ways to make your current job less stressful.
One of the most effective ways to cope with stress in the workplace, is to change your own thought patterns. When you take stressful situations less seriously, learn to laugh more frequently, and know how to handle others’ negative comments, you will be happier and feel less tension and anxiety at work.