In the wake of a new financial year, LinkedIn is suddenly littered with “How to de-stress” articles intended to alleviate the inevitable ‘desk stress’ that follows a never-ending week of deadlines. Common recommendations include ‘taking short, frequent breaks from your desk’, ‘write a to-do list’ and ‘keep a banana handy’. Yes, all very sensible suggestions but how many of us find fruit motivating enough to get us through a tough afternoon?
On reflection of a hectic week, I thought it might be fun to share some of our office’s less conventional coping mechanisms for when we’re feeling a little under pressure…
What do you meme?
Memes have a funny way of making the stressful seem silly. Our office has become slightly competitive when it comes to finding the appropriate meme to sum up whatever we’re facing that day. Let’s just blame the millennials for this office obsession…
But first, coffee
A prerequisite to living in Melbourne is that you must love coffee above all else. We live and die by this mantra in our office. Nothing lifts our spirits more than the suggestion of a coffee run and our directors do the honours as often as everyone else.
5pm wine time
I promise, we don’t do this every day, but there has been the odd occasion where the promise of a chilled Pinot Gris at 5 pm has helped us pull through to the end of the day.
Celebrate the Small Wins
Sometimes the smallest achievements can be the most satisfying wins and within our team we celebrate these with enthusiasm.
Good Food = Good Mood
Once in a while leave the paging system in charge head out to explore our mutual interest in food. Apparently, ‘groups that eat together, perform better together’ and if you want to get all science-y about it, read this.
Making a fuss of milestones is great for the individual but also, light relief from the regular 9 to 5. Celebrating a birthday means regularly pausing for cake; a work ‘anniversary’ often involves champagne. Either way, taking the time to celebrate together lifts the mood, boosts morale and provides variety to the working week.
Bring your Doug to work day
If all else fails, a dog in the office is a sure-fire way to eliminate stress at work.
By Claudia Bellwood, Temp Consultant, Rusher Rogers