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Stress Reduction Etiquette

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

Corporate Wellness is a huge growth industry.  But we have to beat the problem of stress at source, reducing it rather than tackling it. We need to look at really practical ways to help reduce the burden on ourselves and also that which we put on others unwittingly.

How about Postal Pace Emails: Where writing "PP" means I know you're busy and I don't expect you to get back to me until around the same time as it would take a letter to get to you, and back.

"E-shred" Shared Calendars!: I don't expect someone to come in to my home unless I invite them.  Likewise I don't expect anyone in my diary unless invited and agreed.  It's a matter of respect.

Hot Hours: We all have hours in the day when our brain is at its sharpest.  These are the hours we need to be tackling the "must-dos" of our day without interruption.  You don't need to have an office door to put a "DND" (Do Not Disturb") sign on. You can use "Out Of Office" notification on your email inbox for a few hours, or create your own sign for your desk.  Doing this gives others permission to do the same and tells them you recognise that they too have times it is not OK disturb them.

Time Per Task (TPT): If asking someone to do a task / project, chances are their schedule is already full.  Allocating a TPT on a job firstly says that you recognise it will take some time to do.  Simply asking them to do it, doesn't.  Guess-timating how long something will take and then measuring how long it actually takes is a really useful exercise in managing our time and the first step to a conversation about where someone will find the time and what other work may need to be set aside.  The result is often a far more realistic to-do list on any given day.

It is our collective responsibility to fight the growing problem of stress.  We need to create a new Stress Reduction Etiquette. (SRE).  What changes would you make?


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