OVERLOAD CAN LEAD to excessive stress at the workplace. A professional needs to delegate responsibility, manage time efficiently, plan work and strike a work-life balance. Rica Bhattacharya explains how.
1. Farm Out Work
It is important for a professional, particularly in a leadership role, to suitably delegate work. “Delegation of responsibilities will get the work done effectively, on time and without overload on one member. It will also give the manager free time for strategic thinking,” says Gourab Barik, assistant general manager – corporate HR, Emami. “Team members will automatically take more responsibility than you think them capable of,” says Abhishek Kumar, assistant professor, BIM-Trichy.
2 .Manage your Time
Overload can be avoided to a great extent with effective time management. “Stop procrastinating. Working smarter rather than harder is the key,” says Anupama Beri, HR head, Snapdeal.com.
3.Balance Work & Life
Employees should be able to strike a balance between work and personal life. This will not only enhance productivity but also help avoid excessive stress. Taking occasional timeout and leave, pursuing hobbies and interests can be some ways to prevent work overload,” says Barik.
The ability to decide which task is important immediately and what can be done later is crucial in managing work overload. “You need to balance what needs immediate action and what needs discussion and deliberation and accordingly, act or postpone,” says Abhishek Kumar.
5.Enjoy your Work
It is important for every professional to be able to align proficiency with aspirations, and only then can one derive joy out of work. “If you enjoy or love your work the very idea of overload will be taken care of to a great extent and might even cease to exist,” says Kumar.