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Old 03-26-09, 09:10 AM   #1
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Stress at work.

How do you handle stress at work? Are you management? Middle person? Newbie learning the ropes?

Some people panic and start delegating. Some freak and throw their hands in the air, ready to give up. Some don't care.

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I myself will just put a mental block on things, place the goal as my carrot, and handle the steps one at a time, keeping in mind that I can only do my best. For some reason, that produces the best results and I usually do okay.

Yesterday was a test of that. I pulled off yesterday what I would think otherwise impossible from an outsider's point of view.

I really surprised myself. And it felt good.
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Old 03-26-09, 09:11 AM   #2
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I'm a worker bee with no desire to manage, but it still gets VERY stressful at times. I often deal with it when I get home...playing video games, dinner or a drink, bike ride, exercise, etc...
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Stress at work doesn't bother me. As soon as I get to my car I forget about work until I sit down at work the next morning. I literally don't think about work at all when I am not there.
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I do whatever it takes to get the job done usually, but with a fair bit of *****ing and moaning. I tend to internalize the stress and then work them out later at home, etc.
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I'm here at home, on my vacation, waiting to be linked in to a conference call with a pissed off customer. Yes my job is stressful. Not sure I've fully learned how to reduce stress, however I find that biking, or any physical activity, leaves me relatively stress free afterwards. I wonder if my company would mind if I brought in a punching bag to work
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I do whatever it takes to get the job done usually, but with a fair bit of *****ing and moaning. I tend to internalize the stress and then work them out later at home, etc.
+1 to this.

Hence the major benefit for me in commuting to work on a bike. My quickest rides home have been after a stressful day when I needed the relief. I also find the bike to be a good place to fix coding\design issues.
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I also find the bike to be a good place to fix coding\design issues.
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Maybe we should start doing 'design meetings' on bike rides. I'll talk to my manager about that.
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I meant stress AT THE MOMENT. For example, on a project, there were two of us left to do a six person job. One walked out of the job last week (Woo hoo! Thank you!) One left early due to personal reasons, one was on vacation and one called in sick for a hangover.

Then we had a surprise health inspection.
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I really don't get stressed at work. I like what I do and I just don't take it that seriously. I'm a contractor and if I think a customer is going to be a pain in the ***, I just won't take the job. Even if I do have a jerk customer, I'll be rid of them in a few days anyway.
There are some people who will get stressed out no matter what they do. I was in "Chilli's" restauant and the hostes was all stresses about a table not being cleaned off. I wanted to say: "You're a ******* hostes, relax, you don't even have a real job kid. Wait untill you enter the real world.
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I meant stress AT THE MOMENT. For example, on a project, there were two of us left to do a six person job. One walked out of the job last week (Woo hoo! Thank you!) One left early due to personal reasons, one was on vacation and one called in sick for a hangover.

Then we had a surprise health inspection.
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eat a nice calming passion fruit Siu.
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I really don't get stressed at work. I like what I do and I just don't take it that seriously. I'm a contractor and if I think a customer is going to be a pain in the ***, I just won't take the job. Even if I do have a jerk customer, I'll be rid of them in a few days anyway.
There are some people who will get stressed out no matter what they do. I was in "Chilli's" restauant and the hostes was all stresses about a table not being cleaned off. I wanted to say: "You're a ******* hostes, relax, you don't even have a real job kid. Wait untill you enter the real world.
Ouch. But to her, that job is important. And she cared enough so it would be clean for the next customer.

I wish I could not care. But I have to. My vendors and their customers are who I care about. If I don't provide the best for them they will go to another warehouse. And it has to be immaculate too, since this is the food industry. This is what provides my housing and puts food on my table. Things NEED to be good.
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I'm in middle management, I guess. I handle stress by being prepared ahead of time. Most issues can be predicted, so I develop a MOP(Method Of Procedure) for the situation. It helps keep everyone even keel when an situation comes up. There is still stress during the situation, but it is manageable.
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I am a worker bee and have managed a little bit too. I thrive on stress. Nothing gets me more focus than stress and tight deadlines. It probably helps that I work with a group of very sensible and smart people whom you can count on.

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Ouch. But to her, that job is important. And she cared enough so it would be clean for the next customer.

I wish I could not care. But I have to. My vendors and their customers are who I care about. If I don't provide the best for them they will go to another warehouse. And it has to be immaculate too, since this is the food industry. This is what provides my housing and puts food on my table. Things NEED to be good.
There's a difference between Caring and getting stressed to the point where you add stress to the people around you. I have a good friend who's a police detective and head of the Union. His wife is an Emergency room Nurse. Both very stressfull jobs, but they handle themself in a way that you'd never know.
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I'm management (barely). How do I handle stress? I remember that nobody is injured or killed as a product of our software/services. I also have a thick skin. And sometimes, things take what they take, and constant open communication can prevent stress (aka people going apesht) from happening in the first place....

I'll also take a walk. Do my best to not project it to the team (unless it would help light a fire). Call my wife and vent (instead of venting to someone at work -- BAD idea). Ride my bike. Take it out on the hockey rink. Take a deep breath.
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Newbie learning the ropes, but oddly aside from our top guy (small office, granted) i'm one of the more level headed people here.

I work with all woman, except out boss. These womenz get themselves worked up way too easily.

Stress at work? Shut the office door, grab a cup of joe, and crank out the work. That reminds me...i should really get this report done.
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When I worked for the government, I eventually advanced to a senior position. I was a perfectionist and kept wanting to be involved in the major actions myself or work closley with people in my office to ensure their work met my expectations. I was running myself into the ground.

At one point, I took some training and heard someone quote from a book that said "my job as a manager should allow me to play golf whenever I like." I read his book and what he advocates is if you train people right and set up the proper atmosphere so people can grow, you work yourself out of a job.

It was hard, but after several years, I "cloned myself" with many good people. So I was able to take two hour noontime runs and bike commuting arriving late and leaving early. And the work done was better that what I was doing myself.
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I'm apparently not great at dealing with stress. I knew this was true to some extent, but it took getting laid off to finally be able to relax and find out how far I had to go to get to that relaxation point.
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When I was the department manager I was feeling a bit of stress
due to upper management. Since I got laid off I feel no work stress
at all. I kinda feel more like Peter from Office Space. F**k it.
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I kill co workers and bury their bodies in the swamp behind the building.
I am considered management, yet I don't manage anyone. I am a specialist, and as such I can get away with murder.
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Maybe we should start doing 'design meetings' on bike rides. I'll talk to my manager about that.
I was laughed at when I asked if I could put my bike riding time on my timesheet.
I still do it from time to time. lol
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Part of IT work is trying to appear cool when you are ready to soil your pants due to some disaster. Usually your customer (and I use the word customer loosely -- it could be an external client, or an internal department. I always look at whom I'm doing work for as a customer) is holding back a worse poo load than you because their business is off-line.

Then after the emergency is over, I hit the gun range and start plinking, or hit the gym.
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