Work can be stressful, this is true across the board and everyone tends to think their industry has it worse than others.
First thing we can all do is stop competing for the most stressed out!
The competitive way we talk about pressure and stress at work does nothing to help the situation. We can definitely find a more supportive way to talk about work stress.
If you are feeling the stress and pressure of work here are some important things to remember
You can only do so much
Don’t put unrealistic expectations on the amount of work you can get done in a time period. Even if overtime is necessary to make a timeline and let's be honest, it’s bound to happen sometimes, keep your goals realistic. Once you achieve a goal take a break or call it a day and develop your next goal in the same manner.
If you feel others are putting unrealistic expectations on your work talk to them about it. If it’s coming from higher up talk to your supervisor. There is nothing that squashes morale quite like feeling you are constantly behind where you should be. If you get too far behind re-adjust your goals.
- Identify your stressors
- Identify where the pressure is coming from
- Find a healthy way to relieve the stress
- Deal with the root of the issue
This table from the Labourers Health and Safety Fund of North America is a good way of looking at the stress on construction sites and some possible solutions.