Workplace Stress

"What do you stress about the most at work?". Answer and Responses: "Managing difficult people/relationship" = 26.32%,"Competing demands or priorities" = 50%, "Unclear goals and expectations" = 17.11%, "Feeling disconnected from coworkers" = 6.58%

The majority of supervisors across the university told us that managing competing demands and priorities causes the most stress at work. Building resilience is an ongoing skill that requires self-awareness. With practice, you'll gain confidence in your strengths.

During stressful times when everything is a priority, focus on what you can control and respond accordingly.

Ask yourself: 

  • "What are some things I can control in the short- and long-term?" 
  • “What is one thing I know I can accomplish now that will help me to move forward?”
  • "How am I feeling about my own needs and what do I need to do to take care of myself?"

If you still feel as though you have no control decide if you can adapt to the situation and accept that goals and plans may need to shift. However, if you are trying to adapt to a fundamentally unhealthy situation that is out of your control, it may be time to consider if you are in the right job or situation or if it's time to walk away.

To learn more about understanding and developing resilience, review this quick guide to resilience