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This article was written several years ago but the message is invaluable, particularly given the stress that presently exists in the workplace.
Who says that work always has to be serious? Wouldn’t it be rather boring if that’s the way it always was? Work environments where humor is encouraged tend to be happier, less stressed and more productive. Incorporating humor into our jobs increases feelings of solidarity and cohesion between co-workers. Humor provides a non-threatening medium through which an employee or employer can communicate with others.
Humor helps us think. “Taking time out to laugh can help us to get rid of negative feelings and allow us to better concentrate on what we are doing,” says noted psychologist Dr. Ashton Trice of Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.
Appropriate humor in the workplace is a welcome and tasteful surprise. It is about seeing the humor in everyday situations and having the confidence to laugh at your self. When you tell a story poking fun at yourself, it portrays you as more human. Your life experiences are not so unique, it provides comic relief and invites people to be comfortable and see the humor of their own life situations. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever felt overwhelmed and stressed by all your responsibilities and obligations? You work full time, have a long commute to the office, have children and a partner, parents who are beginning to have health problems and volunteer commitments. Feeling stretched to the breaking point, your mood and health might be negatively impacted. Although there are many conveniences which are supposed to make life easier, if you don’t use them, don’t know how to use them or overuse them, it adds to the chaos you may already be experiencing.
These days many companies expect you to do more with less. You may be worried about how you will manage to do everything you’re required to, particularly with the time lines you have been given. Your own beliefs about a situation can also create stress. Are you a person who likes to have things done a particular way? Do you sometimes think it is just easier to do it yourself, rather than show others how to do it? How do you react if they do it differently and it is just as effective, if not better? Do you become self critical, expecting perfection? Read the rest of this entry »
Given that we live in a stressful world, where we are often going full tilt and have many commitments and responsibilities, it is important to take time off. Stop the merry-go-round, take a break, do something totally different, something out of your ordinary work routine. It is a wonderful way to revitalize and re-energize.
Employees who don’t take breaks from work, tend to be more stressed and as a result their productivity and creativity declines. Perhaps they believe they can’t “afford” time away from their job. The reality is you can’t afford not to take time. It is critical to both your physical and mental well-being. Read the rest of this entry »
We live in a fast paced world and often we believe that the way to get ahead is to take on more and more. The price we pay for doing “more” or too much is feeling overwhelmed and out of balance. “NO” is just a simple two letter word. Yet it is often the hardest word to say. The challenge is to set limits and boundaries for ourselves which requires us to learn how to say “no”. Why is this so difficult? Some of the reasons we may have trouble saying “no,” are because we want to be liked, may be afraid that others would get angry or upset, or perhaps we may have been taught to always be agreeable and give others what they want. Women in particular often have been conditioned to say yes to all requests.
Whatever the reason, there are consequences of our inability to say no. We might feel that people are constantly taking advantage of us. We could experience feelings of being overwhelmed, angry, irritable or resentful. Our bodies could be experiencing constant fatigue, tension, headaches or various other aches and pains. Our behaviors with others might be more abrupt, bordering on rude and we probably would be doing less of the things that we enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »