According to a recent piece by Fast Company contributor Harvey Deutschendorf, “When we think of how organizations look after employee well-being, we typically think of things such as ergonomic desks and fire evacuation plans. Workplace safety committees have become almost standard practice in companies of any size. So, how about emotional care?”
While this has traditionally fallen by the wayside, Deutschendorf submits things are beginning to change—thanks in a large part to the proliferation of millennials in the workplace. With that in mind, the following are a few tips to practice self-care at work and ensure greater workplace satisfaction as a result.
Be Cognizant of Stressors
Deutschendorf writes, “When it comes to what causes us stress, one size does not fit all.” Determining exactly what causes you stress and actively seeking ways to reduce these stressors is critical in ensuring that your emotional needs are met at work.
It’s Good to Say No
Particularly in the work environment, there is often a misperception that saying no means you are not a team player and may cause you to miss out on advancement opportunities. In reality, however, saying no is an important way of establishing boundaries and letting colleagues and others know you are at your limit. The key is to frame it in the right context. As Deutschendorf puts it, “Let it be known that if you accept the extra work, the quality of the work you do will suffer, to the detriment of the team and organization. You may find that this will earn you respect from your colleagues and management and encourage others to do the same.”
Ask for Help
In a similar vein, people are often hesitant to ask for help for fear of it being seen as a sign of weakness. On the contrary, however, it’s an indication of confidence and demonstrates a desire to produce the best work possible in pursuit of the company’s interest. Of course, it’s important to only ask for help when it is truly needed and also reciprocate by offering to help others when you are able.
Protect Your Energy
We all know someone who can drain our energy and sap our creativity if we let them. In addition to avoiding interaction with such people wherever possible, it’s also important to protect your energy by avoiding discussing topics about which you have strong feelings. According to Deutschendorf, “Getting into pointless arguments with coworkers can drain our energy and make working with them in the future more difficult.”
Go Easy on Yourself
Be gentle with yourself when things don’t go as planned, and view the experience as a lesson rather than a failure. Deutschendorf writes, “Look at all setbacks as temporary and not indictments of you as a person. All successful people who have overcome obstacles have had this outlook.”
For more of his thoughts on achieving workplace emotional well-being, you can read the article in its entirety here.