Stress at work is a fact of life for most people. Learn how to shift your frame of mind and respond to stressful work scenarios more effectively.
Whether you’re overloaded with assignments, or you’re not getting along with your teammates, stress at work is a fact of life. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), in 2012, 65% of Americans said that work was a top stressor. In the APA’s most recent stress report based on 2015 data, work continues to be a primary source of stress.
At Asana, we’re consciously committed to reducing stress at work by creating a balanced company culture where employees are able to work hard and live well. We’re very fortunate that leaders, managers, and team members across the company take collective responsibility for building and maintaining such a culture through mindfulness, transparency, and flexibility.
And yet, it’s not always easy to stem the tide of stress at a macro or companywide level—particularly if you’re not in a position to do so. It’s even harder to do that when you’re simply trying to keep your head above water in the midst of looming deadlines, a backlog of messages competing for your attention, or working relationships that are starting to become strained.
If this sounds like you or your teammates, take a breath. While you may not be ready or able to address company policies that impact work-life balance, the good news is that you already have everything you need to cope with day-to-day stress from where you sit.