How stressed are you really?
It just does not matter what side of the ocean you are on. It affects every aspect of our personal and professional lives. We cannot outrun it and it touches everyone no matter who they are; the problem is constant STRESS!
Because stress is a natural addendum to our busy lives and our focus on work, it must be managed to be minimized. Relationships in the organizational environment tend to get strained at times. In fact, for many of us we accept workplace stress as a well-known fact of decision making and problem solving. Yet through some “stress-free” communication strategy we can indeed get a handle on the strains of both agreement and disagreement.
Working hard often means working stressed. Here are some factors that can encourage partnering and teamwork without a heavy dose of pressure and strain:
- Listen for understanding with complete attention
- Smiling and eye contact go hand-in-hand
- Be patient without interruptions or conclusions
- Choose your words carefully
- Stick to the subject with no sidetracking
- If something is unclear ask a question
- Keep a sense of humor at all times
- Be respectful and understanding
- When challenged, stick to the facts and figures
- Use trusting and disarming body language
- Keep anger and doubt on a long leash
- Never blame or insult
Focusing on the other person is a top priority. A key principle from Dale Carnegie’s classic best selling business book How to Win Friends & Influence People is “Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.”
Although we probably can never go stress free at home or at work, it is something we can indeed manage and control. Count the good things up And realize, it can always be worse. Just keep smiling!
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