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Anxiety in the Workplace: It's More Common Than You Think

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As a manager, you know that running a business is no walk in the park. But did you know that anxiety can be just as much of a factor in your workplace? Everyone experiences anxiety differently and it’s more common than you might think. Let’s take a closer look at how anxiety shows up in the workplace – and what you can do about it.

What is Anxiety?

In the most simplest form anxiety is a worrying thought, nervousness or unease, it’s a fear about the future and what may or may not happen.  These thoughts and feelings can appear real both mentally and physically for an individual.  The probability of the events being played out in the mind actually happening are generally slim.  The challenge with anxiety is the view is one sided, very imbalanced and there’s a tendency to gigantify the situation or focus on extreme outcomes which heightens the level of anxiety. 

It Can Look Different For Everyone

We all experience anxiety differently. For some, it might show up as avoidance behaviour or procrastination; for others, it could present itself as difficulty speaking up in meetings. Some employees may even become overly critical of themselves or their co-workers when anxious. In short, there are many ways that anxiety can manifest itself in the workplace – and they’re not always easy to spot.

You Don't Have to Have All The Answers

When an employee comes to you with feelings of anxiety, you don’t have to have all the answers right away. What matters most is that you show empathy and understanding. Offer them support if they need it and provide resources like hypnotherapy, counselling or mental health days if necessary. You don’t have to be an expert on anxiety; just being there for your team is often enough to make a difference.

Set Boundaries And Stick To Them

The best way to create an environment where everyone feels safe is to set clear boundaries from the start and stick to them consistently. This includes having zero tolerance for any kind of discrimination or harassment in your workplace – regardless of whether it’s intended or accidental – as well as setting expectations for behaviour when interacting with colleagues and customers alike. Making sure everyone understands these boundaries from day one can help create an atmosphere of trust and respect among your team members – which is key when trying to manage anxiety levels across the board.

Anxiety isn't something that should be overlooked or ignored in the workplace – but with proper management, it doesn't have to be a burden either. By taking proactive steps such as setting clear boundaries, showing empathy, and providing resources whenever possible, managers can ensure their teams feel supported while still getting their work done efficiently and effectively. With these tips here today, managing anxiety in the workplace has never been easier!

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