How is your workload

Workload: How To Deal With It

For more and more workers, the Workload a serious problem. The stress level rises to unimagined heights, the pressure increases and at some point a limit is reached where it can no longer go any further. To a certain extent, workload is normal, after all, you are responsible for tasks and get paid for your work, but unfortunately the workload regularly exceeds a healthy level. If you wait and hope that it will get better on your own, you are making a big mistake that is serious for your own well-being. For these reasons, many employees have problems with a heavy workload and tips on how to react to them and reduce stressful factors ...

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Definition: what is workload anyway?

Workload is often equated with the tasks that have to be done on a daily basis on the job. The burden to which an employee or self-employed person is exposed would therefore be the Sum of his projects, tasks and to-dos. However, several important factors are not taken into account in this definition, which in practice have a great influence on the workload.

It is therefore more complete if all framework conditions are understood as workload, which both physically and psychologically act on an employee. In other words: Expectations, pressure, anger and frustration, but also the actual working conditions such as the equipment at the workplace, how the team works and the managerial skills of the supervisor all contribute to the workload.

Only when all these aspects are added to the actual work in the sense of the tasks does a full picture of workloadto which an employee is exposed.

The perceived workload increases over time

In some jobs, the workload is extremely high from day one. Of course, personal resilience always plays a role, but there are industries, jobs and companies in which Demanding more from employees and a greater load than normal is considered.

Almost everywhere, however, it can be observed that the workload increases over time. On the one hand, employees gain experience, become routine and get better at a job that they have been doing for a longer period of time - but are confronted with it several factorsthat lead to a growing workload.

  • Greater expectations

    If you have been with the company for several years, the expectations and demands placed on you increase. Newcomers are treated with indulgence, mistakes can happen especially at the beginning. With experience, however, there are more demands on the part of the employer, which can quickly become a burden.

  • Growing responsibility

    Classically, you take on more and more responsibility over time. In the beginning there were small projects, but later you will look after large and important customers. On the one hand, this is nice, speaks for your performance and the trust of the employer, but it also increases the workload, because more weighs on your shoulders and the pressure increases with the responsibility.

  • More tasks

    In general, it can be observed that employees are given more tasks over time and thus have to cope with a greater workload. You will get better, complete your original tasks faster - and be assigned more because you will eventually have free capacity. Often these are more complex, difficult or overall more time-consuming tasks, which increases the overall workload.

Signs: Notice when the load becomes too much

If the workload becomes too heavy, it can have serious consequences. What at the beginning may only be expressed in dissatisfaction and declining motivation quickly turns into great stress and immense pressure, which noticeable in terms of health makes. Starting with a headache, an excessive workload leads to psychological problems and - if it becomes a permanent condition - to burnout.

To prevent it from happening in the first place, you need to recognize early on that the workload is becoming a problem. The following Signs can be a warning that something needs to be changed in the situation:

Taken individually, the individual signs don't have to mean anything, but if you do observe several at the same time you shouldn't just ignore the signals, but do something about the workload as quickly as possible.

1. How well do you get on with your colleagues?

  • They are all idiots. We work together, but otherwise we don't see each other often. That's a good thing. (3 p.)
  • Basically, I like my colleagues. Sometimes we go on lunch break together. Only this one colleague from the accounting department sometimes pisses me off. (2 p.)
  • Actually, we all get along very well. After work, we occasionally go for a drink and our colleagues send postcards from our vacation to the office. (1 P.)

2. How are you treated by your colleagues?

  • If something goes wrong, I get one on the lid. I don't even dare to say anything in meetings because my ideas are generally not well received. (3 p.)
  • The other colleagues regularly ask me for advice and trust my judgment. (1 P.)
  • I try to get involved, but have the feeling that my suggestions are being laughed at. (2 p.)

3. How is your relationship with the boss?

  • He assigns me demanding tasks and involves me in decisions. Only at the moment is he not entirely satisfied with my work. (1 P.)
  • I have the feeling that my work is only being criticized and that no matter what I do, I can't please him. (3 p.)
  • I have the feeling that my boss is not really seeing me. My colleagues are entrusted with demanding tasks. (2 p.)

4. What do you think of your boss?

  • We don't always agree, but I appreciate his commitment to the company. (2 p.)
  • The guy is deeply disagreeable to me. He behaves as if he were the king and we were his subjects. No trace of competence. (3 p.)
  • My boss is my mentor and a real leader. I learned a lot from him. But sometimes I feel thwarted by him. (1 P.)

5. Would you speak to your boss if there were any problems?

  • For God's sake. Only in an extreme emergency, if there is no other way. My boss tends to freak out at the slightest mistake. (3 p.)
  • I would be uncomfortable, but usually I can explain the situation to him and we will look for a solution together. (2 p.)
  • My boss thinks mistakes happen to everyone. The main thing is that I stand by it and try to do better next time. (1 P.)

6. Do you feel that your work is valued?

  • I do not know. Most of the time I don't get any feedback at all. (2 p.)
  • I guess so. None of my colleagues have complained yet and my boss has already praised me for my achievements. Only recently has the praise decreased. (1 P.)
  • I try my best, but nobody seems to notice. (3 p.)

7. How much free time do you have?

  • My job gives me the opportunity to organize my working hours in such a way that I have time to do sports or meet friends and acquaintances after work. However, I've been working some overtime lately. (1 P.)
  • You could say I live in the office. Overtime is the order of the day. I quit the handball club because the weekly training was simply no longer feasible. (3 p.)
  • I work a lot, but nobody would say anything if I took the afternoon off for special occasions. (2 p.)

8. How quickly do your working days go by?

  • Sometimes faster and sometimes slower. It all depends on the job, but I never really get bored. (2 p.)
  • In the blink of an eye. Before I know it, the working day is over. (1 P.)
  • The working days are incredibly long. I keep checking the clock and waiting for my working hours to be over. (3 p.)

9. How do you feel when you get home?

  • Made it, but proud of what I've achieved. But lately it has become very stressful. (1 P.)
  • Exhausted and tired. I feel like I'm sinking into work. (3 p.)
  • Often annoyed because there was still work to be done and the customers had special requests again. (2 p.)

10. How much do you enjoy the assigned tasks?

  • The tasks are not in the least demanding. I regularly ask myself why I went to college. (3 p.)
  • It is balanced. I am given tasks that are demanding as well as simple activities. But everyone in the team does it. (2 p.)
  • I have the feeling that I am doing something useful and that I can bring my strengths to bear. (1 P.)

11. Do you see opportunities to develop yourself further?

  • I had already spoken to my boss about a promotion, but he thinks I'm not ready yet. (2 p.)
  • I wish the offer were bigger, but every employee can attend a further training course of their choice once a year. (1 P.)
  • I tried to get a promotion, but my boss wouldn't recommend me for the position. (3 p.)

12. Have you already looked for other jobs?

  • When I talk about work, my friends urge me to do it. But I couldn't get myself up. (3 p.)
  • I sometimes dream of another job, but I haven't looked around yet. (1 P.)
  • Sometimes I'm on the verge of giving it all up, but when I listen to other people's stories, I'm fine. (2 p.)

Evaluation for self-test

Now add up all the points (in brackets for the respective question). You can find the resolution of the self-test here:

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Tips to reduce the workload

Even when the workload increases and the problems arise, many employees remain inactive. The situation is nicely talked about and should simply be persevered. That will be better ... or It’s definitely only a short phase ... are often heard sentences. This behavior is driven by one's own self-image, which should be maintained, as well as fear of what the boss or colleagues might think.

But doing so is only harming yourself. It is better to take action and take the necessary steps to reduce the workload and be able to cope better with it. The following tips will help:

  • Change your mindset

    First of all, you should work on your personal attitude to reduce the workload. In other words: You don't have to be ashamed of it, nor do you have to hide it, if the stress in the workplace becomes too great. Make yourself aware that you should do something about overload instead of coming to terms with the uncomfortable and even unhealthy situation.

  • Take enough breaks

    In order to be able to cope with a large workload, you should definitely plan enough breaks in your work day. This has nothing to do with laziness or refusal to work; you are entitled to work under labor law anyway and is a basic prerequisite for getting the burden under control. Do not force yourself to work through and work off tasks, but take well-deserved time off to recharge your batteries.

  • Set limits

    This point is particularly difficult for most employees, but it is one of the most effective ways to counteract excessive workload: Set clear boundaries and stick to them. This means that you make it clear to your boss or colleagues that more is simply not possible at the moment. When you have reached your personal limit, you sometimes have to say no instead of silently accepting everything.

  • Set priorities

    Another option is to precisely clarify the priorities in the job. What is particularly important? What is the biggest impact on your workload? What should you take care of and what can wait? Clear priorities show you where to invest your energy and time.

  • Find the conversation

    If all else fails, you should talk to your boss openly. Explain the situation honestly and describe how you are suffering from the current workload. A good manager will try to find suitable solutions together with you. If, on the other hand, the boss only reacts negatively, you should perhaps take this as an opportunity to question the current employment relationship and look for a better employer.

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August 8, 2019Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. On the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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