With increasing competition and performance pressure, the present day office environment can be quite stressful.
Today, everyone from top management executives to fresh recruits and trainees are under tremendous pressure to perform. This causes considerable stress that puts the physical, mental and emotional health of the employees at stake. Instances of stress-related health problems like depression, heart diseases and sleep disorders are becoming commonplace.
Many companies provide some sort of relaxation to retain the freshness and enthusiasm of employees. The HR policies of these companies have shown a shift towards employee well being. It is not uncommon to find an indoor sports room with a billiards table or table tennis equipment in offices today. But there are ways to recharge your self. Here are some easy tips:
Being physically active not only help prevent heart disease, obesity and diabetes, but also curbs stress and work related disorders. Most IT and finance professionals sitting for long hours at work, have a tendency to develop back pain or joint related problem. Every one should ideally spend 10 to 20 minutes in the morning in their own quiet space, doing a relaxation activity like yoga or meditation. Also, undertaking some out door sporting activity like tennis or badminton, at least two times a week helps your stamina.
An accountant at a private firm believes that his morning walk freshens the mind and keeps him going. The day he miss his walk, he looses his temper easily and almost nothing goes right, he says. At work, do a few exercises, when neck gets stiff, of course on a physio-therapist advice.
People have various ways of relieving their work stress. Some carry a light novel or a travel book, while others enjoy music or join a social forum, where they can express themselves. Taking refuge in a hobby like music once a week proves to be a complete stress buster.
Simply taking a break can prove to be relaxing. Some executives get up early, finish household chores, even send their daughter or son to school, a daily ritual except Sunday and then go to work. Sometimes the work load is high. If the employee feels stressed, he can take a break – may be a stroll or find a quiet corner and listen to music. After a few minutes he is relaxed and raring to go.
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. However, owing to the morning rush on an average work day, many office goers tend to skip it. An officer in a pharmaceutical company feels taking a hearty breakfast helps her relax at work. One feels ready to face the challenges of work when on a full stomach. She adds that de-cluttering the work table or gazing outside the window at work can also prove to be very soothing for the nerve.
Ultimately, it all adds up to having a positive attitude. Sometimes walking over to a colleague’s cabin for a quick chat helps. But make sure that you seek out someone exuding positivity. Exchanging negative notes can be de-motivating.
Contentment is key. The productivity and work efficiency of an employee increases if he is content. With this in mind and the diminishing margin of hours spent by their employees at home with family, many companies now offer their employees’ regular family holidays at hillside and beach resorts. One should avail of the holiday packages offered as a relaxation incentive by the company as if affords precious time with the family members, apart from providing a welcome change in atmosphere.