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Does Job Stress Cost You Money? You Bet

Does Job Stress Cost You Money? You Bet

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Working With The White Rabbit Can Stress You Out

The White Rabbit. Yes, the one from Alice in Wonderland. Rushing here and there, panting, “I’m late, I’m late!” Every office has at least one. They’re so busy. They have no time. They are clearly very important.*

And they’re spreading stress around the office like a rotavirus through a preschool.

(* Quite possibly not very important at all outside of the confines of their own mind.)

A calm, unruffled work style is still a mark of competency, management experts say. “Executives who have figured it out… are poised and strategic. That’s a big difference from reacting all day” to others’ demands, says Susan Hodgkinson, a principal with the Personal Brand Co., a Boston-based leadership-development and executive-coaching firm. It is an approach that signals to colleagues that they can slow down and set priorities too.

How to achieve this? Have colleagues review workstyles of each other. Some questions you can have them ask: “If X was a kitchen appliance, which one would he be?” Share how their rushed workstyle is affecting others on their team, and more importantly, affecting productivity. Leadership development coaches invite rushers to visualize themselves on video.

“What would you think of that person who ran into every meeting late, spent half the time on their cellphone with their email, and had to ask, ‘Could you please repeat that?’ because they weren’t listening?” says Ms. Tator, principal partner in 2beffective, a coaching and consulting firm.

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Is Your Job Killing You?

Cheer up. At least it’s Friday and you can enjoy your weekend!

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Desk Rage: Learn the Signs of an Overworked Employee

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Quick Tip: How to Destress Fast

We all get stressed out. It’s a fact of modern life. But sometimes stress can be so invasive that it keeps you from focusing on what you need to do. So how can you change your mindset quickly?

Take a moment and just think about something that’s important to you.

A recent study showed that stress levels were lowered when participants thought about something they valued, and their problem-solving skills improved. Now, this is just one study, but it can’t hurt to try it out. So next time you’re stressed out, push your chair back, close your eyes, and think about something you consider important. Then get back to work.

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