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Work-Related Stress Can Lead to Poor Job Performance

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Work Related Stress

Suffering from work-related stress can affect one's ability to meet deadlines, make decisions, and manage professional relationships. According to the American Psychiatric Association, one in four people report they have missed work as a result of work-related stress. In observance of Mental Health Month, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) offers tips on how to reduce stress levels and boost work productivity.

  • Cultivate a positive work environment.

  • Prioritize and set manageable goals.

  • Be efficient with your time at work.

  • Take a five-minute break between projects.

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  • Communicate effectively with colleagues.

  • Divide large projects into smaller tasks and tackle one task at a time.

  • Be flexible and take criticism constructively.

If you have adopted these tips and still experience signs of stress such as irritability, anxiety, headaches, or poor work performance, you should consider seeking professional care. The American Psychiatric Foundation reports that more than 75% of people with workplace issues or mental health problems see substantial improvement in their job performance after treatment.

A mental health professional, such as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is trained to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with stress-related mental heath conditions, such as experiencing anxiety or having difficulty concentrating. Therapy can help ease common sources of stress, including heavy workloads, financial worries, and problems with work relationships.