Workplace Anxiety- Why It’s A Problem and What You Can Do about It

Did you know over 18 million Americans experience depression? A large section of this group suffers from workplace anxiety, which has adverse effects on their quality of work and quality of life. Unfortunately, many of them live for the end of the workday, and feel like they have achieved little by day's end.

Negative Effects of Workplace Anxiety

Anxiety in the workplace can affect an individual’s performance in their work. For instance, they may be unable to meet their deadlines. Workplace anxiety can also take a toll on relationships with fellow team members and supervisors. While people react differently to conflict in the workplace, it may be a source of anxiety in and of itself. Additionally, if there is a communication breakdown between you and your supervisors, it could lead to anxiety as well. All of this can manifest into people taking sick leave, decreased productivity, and gossiping among workers becoming the order of the day. Ultimately, all this leads to a toxic workplace environment.

Tips to Overcome Workplace Anxiety

Personal wellness plans

If you want to overcome anxiety, you have to devise a personal wellness plan. This will incorporate activities such as adequate sleep, a healthy diet, working out, and having a healthy social life. All these activities can help alleviate your symptoms.

Talk to a professional

This may include working with a personal coach, or a therapist if necessary. Depending upon your specific needs, this may include weekly coaching, therapy sessions, or even medicine prescribed by a medical professional. Some may find it hard finding a coach or therapist to open up to. If that's the case, start off by reaching out to your workplace’s Employee Assistance Program. This is a program that helps employees deal with mental health problems such as depression, grief, loss, and stress, among others. If your workplace does not have such a program, consider searching the Internet for recommended resources.

Discuss with your supervisor or HR

With anxiety affecting workplace performance, very few people actually go to their employers. Many fear the stigma that is linked to mental health could impact their careers. Moreover, some are afraid their employer may view them as incapable of handling the job. This is the reason why many organizations have invested in wellness programs through a third-party provider that maintains confidentiality. Check with your HR department to see if the company you work with offers this type of service.

Seek a better work environment

The last move to overcome workplace anxiety is considering the move to a new department, job, or career. Sometimes the current job is the root of the anxiety. Additionally, career coaching and transition management coaching could help you establish whether you are in the right job or whether you need to make a career move based on your own personal observations and reflection.

In conclusion, workplace anxiety should not be swept under the rug. Moreover, there’s need for employers today to help employees overcome it by making workplace environments more conducive and health and wellness programs available to their team members.

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  1. What have you found to be the biggest driver of workplace anxiety for yourself? For me, it was lack of purpose, and being in a career for more than twelve years that didn’t leverage my true strengths.

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