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Stress Reduction – a Requirement for IT Proffesionals
resource – our people. Stress reduction is certainly one area that
IT Staff Stress Reduction Ideas
stress reduction in the IT workplace. (Stress Reduction)
I’m not suggesting that you take these literatlly. I do suggest
that you think about each one and figure out if there is some-
thing you can do in your environment to help your staff.
- Tear down those walls.
There is always an conflict between “reducing distractions” and “isolation.”
A programmer can lose up to a half an hour every time something distracts
them and the mental structure falls apart. This leads to creating environments
where the distraction level is at an absolute minimum. (Yes I know there are
other models, but this one seemed to me to be the “standard.”) Some effort
needs to be made to make time for getting to know, like and trust each other.
- Group sport.
One way to encourage togetherness is group sports and team work out times
in the company gym. In addition to reducing isolation, many inspirations
for problem solving come when the mind backs off of a problem. (How many
times have you “figured it out” while driving home from work? I konw I did,
- Social eating.
Eating together is a prime time for learning about each other. I know that many
of the people I worked with (myself included) did not like “getting together to
smooze”, but loved being with people “if we were doing something.” Eating is
an easy “something.”
- Build a good relationship with the business.
In the article, tehy suggested holding a get-together for the entire company,
at the IT Department’s expense. It helped to dispell the image of the
IT staff being the “big meanies.”
- Work/Life harmony.
Make sure that staff have the time and permission to handle family issues before
they have to dive into the never ending IT fires. Causing problems at home
can be a major problem at work.
I’m sure you can come up with more stress reduction ideas, if you see this as an issue that should
be on the “to-do list.” The growing research that indicates that happy staff
product significantly better that unhappy staff seems to indicate that not only
should it be on the list, it should be high on the list.
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Some Thoughts on Stress Reduction for IT Staff
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