Recent articles in the press are quoting a report about Company work related stress. Many companies are seeing up to 40% of their staff heading for burn out. Today a report says that the increase of lack of sleep is due to work related stress.
BUT we don’t have this problem when we work at home on our own business do we?
Nothing could be further from the truth – there is stress when you work at home and this comes from many reasons such as:
- We are on our own in terms of making decisions.
- There are many events which can impact our progress which wouldn’t do so in an office environment such as the neighbours dropping by for a coffee and a chat.
- We may set totally unrealistic goals which we can never achieve.
- We are in a new learning situation and often cannot find answers to the problems we have which stop us going forward.
- Family events have to take precedence and this causes us to delay our progress
- Our partners object to the amount of time which we spend on this “business”.
Corporate versus Home Business Stress
The big difference between stress at the office and stress at home is that we have much more of a sanction we can apply to the work at home kind – we can give up and quit. Whereas with the office job we don’t have this sanction so easily available to us – we need this job and so have to put up with the stress.
However quitting your home based business because of stress is also a sign of failure (to you), and very often people continue to put up with the stress and keep struggling on, just so we won’t be showing our partners that we can’t achieve – maybe they thought we wouldn’t in the first place.
This is never a good thing and so how do we stop the stress in our work at home business so we can go on and not quit?
Dealing with work at home stress.
In the corporate environment the report we cited earlier states that companies are now championing team work and discussions groups as the solution to work related stress. I can empathise with this because in my last ten years of my corporate life this was how we worked – teams and discussions. In this way we could surface issues and resolve them together. I think the corporate remedy which they are coming round to is one we can adopt in the work at home environment.
1. Getting help to resolve problems and hence reduce stress.
BUT I hear you say we don’t have the ability to discuss and work in teams. Well the learning institution which I belong to (Wealthy Affiliate), does just that and in the twelve months which I have been working with them I have never had a problem which wasn’t resolved, because I could email a general question or a specific member that I knew could help. I was starting at ground zero in my business and this safety net of being able to ask questions was essential to me and it worked.
2. Set more realistic expectations to reduce self-imposed stress.
Secondly there is no doubt that self imposed stress can come from setting unrealistic expectations for ourselves. Despite what the gurus say, success and hence big dollars do not come overnight – they may take up to one year or 18 months. So set your expectation accordingly; recognise that it will take time to build a business (as it did when you were in the corporate environment), and your stress levels will reduce.
So to keep those stress levels down.
When working at home I recommend you do two things:
- Join a learning institution or forum where you can discuss issues and get resolution to your problems
- Set realistic expectations based on starting small and building over time – not over night.
Resolving stress will be good for the health of you, your companies progress and also those around you – so worth doing right?
Looking forward to seeing you at Wealthy Affiliate.
Yours in Business,