April showers bring May flowers! We’re already 5 months into 2018, can you believe it? With the warm weather approaching, you may start to feel anxious in order to get your work done even faster just so you can enjoy some sun and the smell of the flowers blooming. In this scenario you may start to feel your nerves creeping out from the shadows, so if this is the case, have no fear! This month we’re covering how to cope with anxiety when it decides to hit you in the office and how you can personally make your office happier. Check them out now so you can enjoy that spring breeze later!
Choose to Be Happy
Think of an ideal working environment. Sure, it’s different for everyone, but here’s what we see: a happy and comfortable space employees spend 8 hours of their day, 5 days a week. Although this may seem like a given, it’s not. A happy workplace doesn’t always come natural, there could always be tensions or even cliques. To help you personally avoid this, we put together 5 simple tips on how you can personally make your office a happier space!
Give Credit Where Credit is Due
When working on a group project, it’s extremely important to acknowledge that it is all a team effort. Therefore, if your boss only compliments you, it’s critical to point out every one of your team members by name since it wasn’t a one-person job. This will keep tensions from rising and keep emotions between group members and the office positive.
There’s No Failure, Only Feedback
Give your coworkers positive feedback whenever you see an opportunity to. Recognize whenever you see or hear them doing something great. Even something as simple as ‘good job on the presentation’ can make them feel good about themselves and make the atmosphere in the office more positive all around.
If We Don’t Help Each Other, Who Will?
Offer to help your coworkers whenever you can. Be the person that’s willing to do the extra work on a slow day just to help make one of your coworkers feel better and less stressed. They’ll appreciate it and most likely help you when you need it as well. Now we’re not saying you’re solely helping other people in the office just so it can be reciprocated when you need it, but you’re doing it because you genuinely want to help. When you’re genuine in situations like these, it’ll show and spread thus putting the office in better spirits and enjoyable.
Tradition Becomes Security
Start an in-office tradition! When you and your coworkers have something to look forward to, it can make your bonds stronger and put some type of excitement in the office. Examples would include getting a catered lunch every week, going to a Happy Hour the last Friday of every month, or even hosting a themed office party at the end of every quarter! Traditions can enhance the mood and spice up the office in the days or weeks leading up to them.
Great Words of Thanks
From the time we were younger, our parents taught us to always say please and thank you. Just because we get older doesn’t mean that we should abandon this common etiquette. To show your appreciation for your coworkers and their work, always say thank you. If you don’t, it’ll appear as if you’re taking what they’re doing for granted. If you don’t show appreciation for them, they will eventually catch wind of it. This can result in one of two things: they either stop doing the tasks that they’ve been doing or they’ll begin doing them with less effort. Not showing appreciation can also raise tensions within the office. We have a natural and subconscious need for reciprocation, so when that’s not occurring in some form we tend to get frustrated. Therefore, the moral of the story is to always say thank you!
Trust Yourself. You’ve Survived a lot, and You’ll Survive Whatever is Coming
It is normal to feel anxious here and there in the office. You can’t escape it, it’s typical and a part of life. It can creep up on you when you are least expecting it and completely change your demeanor. Luckily for you we found some tidbits to follow in case you ever begin to feel anxious in the office. Check them out!
The First Thing to Have is the Will, the Rest is Technique
If your anxiety is more frequent than just once in a blue moon, it’s important to have a grounding technique. A grounding technique allows you calm down and come back down to your rational state of mind. This can include taking a walk, calling a friend, meditating, or even stretching. Finding a technique that works best for you depends on your personality and what’s applicable in your office.
Create Conditions for Victory
Your mental well-being is just as, if not more, important for your job as anything else. Prioritize rest and make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night to maximize productivity and reduce anxiousness. The amount of sleep you get at night can help put you at ease since you are well rested and not slumped over, falling asleep at your desk. Other simple ways to boost your well-being is to minimize caffeine intake, expose yourself to natural light more frequently (i.e. find a window spot in the office to do your work at), and listen to music that relaxes you to cancel out any background noises.
Just Ask For It
If your anxiety is recurring and impacting your work, don’t be afraid to set boundaries. Decide what actions or items you need to make it through the day and do not be afraid to ask for them. You could ask your boss to leave the office by a certain time every day, or ask if you can take small breaks throughout the day, or ask if it is possible to respond to work requests the following day if it is after hours. When appropriately set, these boundaries can help you manage your day and allow you to focus on what you need to get through the day.
Set Your Goals Low and You Won’t be Disappointed
Set micro-goals! Setting smaller goals inside a larger project can put you at ease, making you feel more accomplished every time you hit a micro-milestone. Even the smallest goals can help reduce your anxiety. For example, set a goal to complete a task or portion of the project before noon. By breaking up the project into smaller milestones, you feel accomplished making progress.
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