Easy Solutions to 3 Common Workplace Woes
2016 is officially in full swing, and many people are working to stay true to their New Year’s resolutions. While a new year provides a great opportunity to leave the past in the past and focus entirely on improving your future, it’s usually easier said than done.
If one of your goals this year involves becoming more productive and happy at work, learning how to solve these three common workplace woes can help. If any of the statements below sound like something you’ve said or thought, you’re not alone! Many people struggle with these issues and, luckily, a lot of research has been done to help solve them. Check out the solutions below to make sure you leave these problems in 2015.
Do Any of These Sound Like You?
“I have a hard time waking up in the morning. No matter what I do, I always feel tired!”
Many experts agree that the average adult needs at least eight hours of sleep every night to stay productive and healthy. If you are already making sure you’re getting enough sleep and you still feel groggy every morning, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to help alleviate the issue!
- Stay off of your phone and computer an hour or so before you lay down for the night. The artificial light from the screen can trick your body into thinking it’s daytime, which means you’re less likely to fall into the deep sleep your body needs. Make it easier for your body to power down by doing the same to your devices.
- Skip the snooze button. While it may be tempting to hit “snooze” one, two or five times before waking up, you’re doing your body more harm than good. The few extra minutes of sleep you will get after hitting snooze can make you MORE tired! Do your best to wake up the first time you hear your alarm and you might just have more spring in your step. There are plenty of strategies you can try out, from setting rewards for yourself so you’ll wake up to something nice, to picking out abrasive alarms that will get you out of bed no matter what.
“I find it hard to stay focused when mid-day rolls around. It feels like my energy really decreases!”
The infamous “afternoon slump” is no myth. In fact, it is scientifically proven to be a very real occurrence in many people’s work day. According to sleep expert, Michael J. Breus, the mid-afternoon decrease in energy is due to a drop in your core temperature that signals a release of melatonin and tells your brain to “get sleepy”.
The good news is that there are things you can do to get that extra boost of energy to help you finish out your day in stride. Tip: stay away from coffee when trying to fight the mid-day slump. A dependence on caffeine can make you more tired and leads to an even bigger crash later on in the day. Yikes!
- Get moving. Doing a series of light stretches or talking a walk around block during the day will get your blood moving, which will give you an extra boost of energy. Even if you don’t feel tired, it’s still a good idea to stretch – especially if your position is labor-intensive or chair-bound!
- Drink more water. It is always recommended to stay hydrated, especially when you’re feeling tired. Water can do wonders when it comes to giving you energy and helping you focus. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends that women drink approximately nine cups of fluid a day and that men drink 13!
“I feel isolated from my co-workers and wish I could be more involved!”
Making connections with co-workers can be one of the most intimidating aspects of the workplace. And many people feel this way, so don’t worry! There are a few simple things you can do to make more meaningful connections and get involved at work.
- Make the most of your lunch break. While your day can be busy and provide little room for chit-chat, lunch breaks are a prime opportunity to introduce yourself to someone new and strike up a conversation. The best way to connect with someone new is by being genuinely interested in getting to know them and their interests. Ask open-ended questions, such as “Did you do anything fun this weekend?” or “What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?”. You could also ask them about a picture or trinket you noticed on their desk.
- Volunteer. Many employers advertise ways to get involved by hanging posters around common areas in the workplace. Is there a volunteer opportunity or a holiday pot-luck in the works? Make sure you ask how you can get involved! Volunteering with co-workers comes with many benefits. Not only is it a great way to meet new people, but it will make work feel less like, well, work.
Even though the solutions above may seem like small adjustments, they can be crucial to achieving your overall goals of being happier and more productive at work. Not to mention, they can help maintain a healthy work-life balance. By making these small changes to your everyday routine, you will be one step closer to making these three common workplace woes things of your past.
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