Being in a relationship can cause everyday pressures for all of us, but some individuals may be experiencing symptoms of stress that may be a direct result of the relationships they are in.
Relationship stress is not only apparent in intimate or married couples. It is very common to experience relationship stress between friends, family, colleagues, managers, employees and even strangers. While a common cause of pressure in a relationship is arguments between people, there are other causes that may be affect a partnership. Lack of communication is one of the most common problems relating to relationship pressures. If you are angry or bothered by something somebody has said or done and you keep it to yourself, the pressure can build and worsen. The rise in stress levels caused by a lack of expression means it is important to talk about how you are feeling. This does not mean you have to admit everything that has annoyed you, but if you think it will eat away at you and return to the surface later on, consider having a calm discussion with the individuals involved.
Often relationship stress is not coming from the other person or people in the relationship, as many people believe it to be. A lot of the time, the actions of the already-worried individual can alter their thoughts and reactions. They may not be aware of it, but their own feelings could be damaging the relationship. Simply talking about what has bothered you can make you feel happier and improve your stress management within your relationships.
If you are feeling upset or angry about a relationship, a life/relationship coach may be able to help. They will offer support and help you recognise the issue and offer advice on how to deal with the situation. Whilst they will not tell you whether a relationship should end or who is at fault; they can help you understand what may have caused the problem, teaching you the techniques to managing stress within a relationship. For more information on how a life coach can help call us today!
No matter how experienced or seasoned a new employee is, the first day of work can be a bit daunting. The first impression a company makes on new employees can leave a lasting impression. When welcoming a new employee to your company or team, it’s important to remember that information is king and brings a sense of comfort to your new hire.
Reach out to the individual prior to the start date and give them details on the office’s employee entry point, parking, attire, hours, etc. Make sure their desk or office is clean and tidy before they arrive; no one wants to walk into a messy office or a pile of work left from the previous person. If possible, have their business cards on their desk and ready to go so they immediately feel part of the team. Also, in the week leading up to a new hire joining your team, be sure to send the hiring manager expectations for the individual and plan a schedule for the first few days. Keeping a consistent and structured plan, as well as independent work, will help the first day(s) go more smoothly for all involved.
In addition to making sure the new hire feels adequately prepared to begin their new role, give them a warm welcome to your team and company. In some cases it may be possible or appropriate to have a team gathering prior to the new employee’s start date. A coffee meetup or happy hour with everyone can help ease first day jitters and make the individual feel at home from the start. On their first day, consider a meet and greet in a common area with coffee and doughnuts to help break the ice and introduce the individual to the rest of the company.
Another creative way to let your new hire get to know the team is to write his or her name and a short bio on a dry erase board and hang it where other employees see. You can also write employee anniversaries on it so the new employee knows who has been there the longest and may be good resources to tap into.
Having a plan in place for orienting a new employee with your company, including objectives for their meetings, will not only put them at ease but will also help you navigate the onboarding process more efficiently. Providing them with an organization chart with photos is also always helpful and welcomed. You want a new hire to feel comfortable in their first day(s)s on the job because it will help them perform better, which will in turn help your team and organization succeed.
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend! We will be back in the office on Tuesday morning at 7AM.