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5 ways to fight stress at work, keep your composure

When you’re under pressures at work and stress is high, many people find it difficult to maintain their composure. Here are five tips to fight that stress and stay productive.



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Stress at work is unavoidable – how to cope

Work can be stressful. If it’s not stressful, you may not be doing it right. There are two types of stress—healthy stress and unhealthy stress. Healthy stress can help us reach deadlines and stay motivated and productive. Unhealthy stress can paralyze, overwhelm, or affect you negatively.

It’s the latter type of stress that is obviously the most dangerous. Because every job can be stressful, here are five ways to fight stress at work and keep your composure under pressure.

1. Only Focus on the Next Step – Oftentimes, professionals are given too much work for their allotted time. This can create and increase stress levels. You may feel that it’s impossible to get everything done in a day, week, or month. And yet, you probably still try to accomplish every task each day. Sometimes it helps to understand that working that way is a losing battle. You’ll never feel productive or accomplished or even making progress until you learn how to only focus on the next step ahead of you. While it’s important to have the end goal in mind, don’t become overwhelmed by it. Instead, focus on the deadline for the client proposal in three days or even replying to all your received emails before lunch. Just remember, each task you complete brings you closer and closer to that end goal.

2. Give Your Mind a Break – Knowing when to take a work break is a valuable skill to have. Taking a break doesn’t mean you’re not being productive or that you’re lazy. It can actually guard against becoming burnt out and overly stressed. Take a break after a few hours of work or after you’ve completed a difficult project. Walk around, read a chapter in a book, or just sit quietly with your eyes closed. But whatever you do, don’t think about work. You’ll have plenty of time for that once you’ve finished your break. It’s about finding the right balance.

3. Talk to Your Boss – If you’re overwhelmed with assignments, talk to your boss. It’s important to be honest and realistic. If you have too many tasks and they’re impossible to complete when needed, tell your boss. He may be able to assign some of your tasks to others or help you prioritize your tasks according to the company’s needs. If your boss is aware of your workload, he can help you get everything under control, which will limit your overall work-related stress.

4. Get a New Perspective – Sometimes managing your stress and maintaining your composure requires a new perspective. This could mean seeing your work in a new light or coming up with a new method to complete your work. Find ways to maximize your efficiency and find new ways to relieve your professional stress.

5. Give 100% – Stress can cause paralysis. Don’t let it. Give 100% of yourself while you’re at work. That’s what you’re paid to do and that’s what you agreed to when you signed that employment contract. Giving 100% may not mean you accomplish all your tasks, but you can go home at the end of the day feeling confident in yourself and in your abilities. Your boss will also see your hard work, and that can translate into a promotion, praise, or a monetary raise. And that will ultimately translate into personal pride and professional success.

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  1. MatthewC

    September 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Great article, Charlene. Having the right technology in place to stay organized also helps A LOT with stress.

  2. bjw_draw

    September 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

    @DanielZeevi this does not take into account a highly disfunctional workplace 🙂

  3. REA_INC

    September 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    @BoBarronCCIM Thanks for the tips – They are going to good use.

  4. abbie ortiz

    September 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

    It’s good that I’ve read this article, sometimes I’m afraid that I may burnout and lose my job when I feel so stress at work.

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  6. Rachel

    July 5, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I agree with one of the com mentors that this may not take into account other offices that are dyfuncional

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Keep your company’s operations lean by following these proven strategies

(BUSINESS) Keeping your operations lean means more than saving money, it means accomplishing more in less time.



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The past two years have been challenging, not just economically, but also politically and socially as well. While it would be nice to think that things are looking up, in reality, the problems never end. Taking a minimalist approach to your business, AKA keeping it lean, can help you weather the future to be more successful.

Here are some tips to help you trim the fat without putting profits above people.

Automate processes

Artificial intelligence frees up human resources. AI can manage many routine elements of your business, giving your team time to focus on important tasks that can’t be delegated to machines. This challenges your top performers to function at higher levels, which can only benefit your business.

Consider remote working

Whether you rent or own your property, it’s expensive to keep an office open. As we learned in the pandemic, many jobs can be done just as effectively from home as the workplace. Going remote can save you money, even if you help your team outfit their home office for safety and efficiency.

In today’s world, many are opting to completely shutter office doors, but you may be able to save money by using less space or renting out some of your office space.

Review your systems to find the fat

As your business grows (or downsizes), your systems need to change to fit how you work. Are there places where you can save money? If you’re ordering more, you may be able to ask vendors for discounts. Look for ways to bring down costs.

Talk to your team about where their workflow suffers and find solutions. An annual review through your budget with an eye on saving money can help you find those wasted dollars.

Find the balance

Operating lean doesn’t mean just saving money. It can also mean that you look at your time when deciding to pay for services. The point is to be as efficient as possible with your resources and systems, while maintaining customer service and safety. When you operate in a lean way, it sets your business up for success.

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How to apply to be on a Board of Directors

(BUSINESS) What do you need to think about and explore if you want to apply for a Board of Directors? Here’s a quick rundown of what, why, and when.



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What does a Board of Directors do? Investopedia explains “A board of directors (B of D) is an elected group of individuals that represent shareholders. The board is a governing body that typically meets at regular intervals to set policies for corporate management and oversight. Every public company must have a board of directors. Some private and nonprofit organizations also have a board of directors.”

It is time to have a diverse representation of thoughts, values and insights from intelligently minded people that can give you the intel you need to move forward – as they don’t have quite the same vested interests as you.

We have become the nation that works like a machine. Day in and day out we are consumed by our work (and have easy access to it with our smartphones). We do volunteer and participate in extra-curricular activities, but it’s possible that many of us have never understood or considered joining a Board of Directors. There’s a new wave of Gen Xers and Millennials that have plenty of years of life and work experience + insights that this might be the time to resurrect (or invigorate) interest.

Harvard Business Review shared a great article about identifying the FIVE key areas you would want to consider growing your knowledge if you want to join a board:

1. Financial – You need to be able to speak in numbers.
2. Strategic – You want to be able to speak to how to be strategic even if you know the numbers.
3. Relational – This is where communication is key – understanding what you want to share with others and what they are sharing with you. This is very different than being on the Operational side of things.
4. Role – You must be able to be clear and add value in your time allotted – and know where you especially add value from your skills, experiences and strengths.
5. Cultural – You must contribute the feeling that Executives can come forward to seek advice even if things aren’t going well and create that culture of collaboration.

As Charlotte Valeur, a Danish-born former investment banker who has chaired three international companies and now leads the UK’s Institute of Directors, says, “We need to help new participants from under-represented groups to develop the confidence of working on boards and to come to know that” – while boardroom capital does take effort to build – “this is not rocket science.

NOW! The time is now for all of us to get involved in helping to create a brighter future for organizations and businesses that we care about (including if they are our own business – you may want to create a Board of Directors).

The Harvard Business Review gave great explanations of the need to diversify those that have been on the Boards to continue to strive to better represent our population as a whole. Are you ready to take on this challenge? We need you.

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Average age of successful startup founders is 45, but stop stereotyping

(BUSINESS) Our culture glorifies (yet condemns?) startup founders as rich 20-somethings in hoodies, but some are a totally different type.



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There’s a common misconception that startups are riddled with semi-nerdy, 20-something white dudes who do nothing but sip Nitro Brews and walk around the open office showing off the hoodie they wore yesterday. It turns out that it’s extremely rare that startup offices resemble The Social Network.

However, the academic backdrop for the real social network story (AKA Harvard), produced statistics that will serve to put the aforementioned misconception to rest. According to the Harvard Business Review, the average age of people who founded the highest-growth startups is 45. Say what?! A full-fledged adult?!

In fact, aside from the age category of 60 and over, ages 29 and younger were the smallest group of founders that are responsible for heading the highest-growth startups. I guess you can accomplish a lot when you’re not riding around the office on a scooter all day.

The study also found that older entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed. The probability of extreme startup success rises with age, at least until the late 50s. It was found that work experience plays an important role.

Many will argue, “Well, what about someone like Steve Jobs?” You could easily argue right back that it took Jobs until the age of 52 to create Apple’s most profitable product – the iPhone.

The study continues to answer questions like, why do Venture Capitalist investors bet on young founders? This goes back to the misconception at the start, and there’s a notion that youth is the key for successful entrepreneurship. Wrong.

There is also the idea that younger entrepreneurs are likely working with less financial options, so it may be common for them to take something from a VC at a lower price. As a result, they could be viewed as more of a bargain than older founders.

“The next step for researchers is to explore what exactly explains the advantage of middle-aged founders,” writes Pierre Azoulay, et al. “For example, is it due to greater access to financial resources, deeper social networks, or certain forms of experience? In the meantime, it appears that advancing age is a powerful feature, not a bug, for starting the most successful firms.”

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