The Workplace Relationship with Stress and Time Management

The Workplace Relationship with Stress and Time Management

Typically when someone experiences the novel verses the norm of every day life it is articulated as something everyone needs to try. This might be a fresh approach to organizing or the empowerment from an app. Yet, swapping something new for something old isn't a guarantee of the same gratification for everyone.

Resources undoubtedly vary in cause and effect.

This recent report of 487 employers and over 5,000 employee responses identified their top health and productivity concerns. Employers pointed at technology and organizational issues, yet employees disagreed. Their concerns were of personal work experiences.


  1. Inadequate Staffing
  2. Low Pay
  3. Corporate Culture
  4. Unclear/Conflicting Job Expectations
  5. Excessive Amount of Organizational Changes


  1. Lack of Work/Life Balance (excessive workloads and/or long hours)
  2. Inadequate Staffing
  3. Technologies that Expand Availability During Non-working Hours
  4. Excessive Amount of Organizational Change
  5. Concerns About Financial Situation

Managing Stress and Time

Time is a commodity the unites cultures. Adversely, we interpret cultures or organizational experiences differently. The sight of anger, the sound of a cappuccino machine, or a pat on the back from a manager stirs different behavior responses that are linked to perceptions. "When stress starts interfering with your ability to live a normal life for an extended period (of time), it becomes even more dangerous." APA

Over time perceived reoccurring negative or positive experiences manage the ability to perform. The Journal of Healthy Social Behaviors states "Relationships shape health outcomes throughout the life course and have a cumulative impact on health over time." Journal of Environment Resources of Public Health reports "The capacity to direct attention to one stimulus at a time (e.g., a task) requires inhibition of competing stimuli and that, over time, this capacity fatigues, resulting in mistakes, failure to focus or impatience."

Questions to Ask:

  1. What has been observed to stimulate greater attention to tasks?
  2. Where are the worst behavior responses in the workplace?
  3. When is their collaborative experiences within nature or settings with nature scenes (windows, plants, etc)

Individualistic views vary, therefore individual assessments are necessary to address underlying behavior issues for resolving performance outcomes. Collaborative and teamwork efforts improve with performance and design coaching.

One element employers and employees will benefit from in terms of health and productivity is nature. "Time in natureor viewing nature scenes increases our ability to pay attention." UMN. Workplace cultures seeking productivity advancement provide consistent nature-related interior elements throughout the workplace. Lighting, incentives for self-directed outdoor exercise, patio arrangements as workspaces, and walking-meetings are all stimulus experiences resulting in positive outcomes.



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