Motivational Speaker Carole Spiers says … Don’t let your emails stress you out

I had known and liked Omar for years; we attended many of the same conferences, and when I told him I was a stress consultant, he joked that unfortunately he wasn’t likely to need my services. Early in life, he had accurately sized himself up as a modest performer, and he had found his natural level in a small company supplying washroom towels and soap dispensers to lower-end clients throughout UAE. The Janitor, people called him.

Watching his more ambitious friends, and their struggles at coping with stress, he believed he had found the stress-free life he sought. Clients came back year after year, partly because of the pleasant and unhurried atmosphere in his office, and the natural good manners he displayed. This also contributed to the team-building agenda  –  retaining staff who knew they could earn more elsewhere.

But then came email. He said he could feel in the air that it was the enemy of the quiet life. And this was confirmed by events. Suddenly a crisis atmosphere took over, as standard  –  whether or not there was any genuine emergency. There was no such thing as a solid hour, only sixty lots of one-minute panics. This killed all attempts at concentrating on a problem. In fact, the time-saving aspects of email seemed to be outweighed by the inefficient time-management that they encouraged.

But it was when he found himself turning into completely different personality, rude and impatient with colleagues and clients, that he decided to dig out my card from the bottom of his file, and ask for a stress consultation.

Fortunately, I was able to reassure him that there were well-tested solutions to his problem. He ought to realize that inbox management  –  compressing files, keeping the ‘new email’ alert switched off etc.  –  was a necessary drill, to be practised like driving a car. Efficient archiving, integrating emails with calendars, reporting spam …  All put together, these significantly relieved the stress of daily business.

I still detected an unspoken lament. How could the simple world of roller-towels and hand-cream generate such high tension? Just what had happened to that nice stress-free career he had settled for? I told him he must improve his attitude to managing change  –  learn to embrace the email way-of-life with enthusiasm, not reluctance.

Later he told me he had forced himself to do just that, and was now confidently in control of his emails  –  and his stress. I said it was like coming home from the dentist.

“That wasn’t so painful, was it?”

Does email stress you out?  Leave a comment and let us know.

[Reproduced with the kind permission of Gulf News]

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A good makeover can reduce the stress of business in a recession…

A good makeover can reduce the stress of business in a recession
A makeover may not seem the most obvious remedy for the stress symptoms of a recession. But recent research indicates that women are spending more on their clothes, hair and general makeover than they were a couple of years ago.
One reason may be the lower prices on offer. Another may be that woman’s jobs are less affected in a recession than men’s.
But the impact of new clothes and a good hairdo on a businesswoman’s confidence is also a big factor in the survival of businesses that are in danger of folding, and therefore in the reduction of work stress. The confidence and poise of a well-dressed and well-coiffed woman may be just what puts out the signals that reassures clients and suppliers, and could make the difference between surviving and going under. In situations that are at risk of turning desperate, to act as though everything is in order may be the best way to restore order.
Have you… seen any cases of a woman overcoming recession blues by optimising her makeover? Tell us about it now.
Find out more about these and many other aspects of stress management at info@carolespiersgroup.co.uk. Tel:  +44 (0) 20 8954 1593 www.carolespiersgroup.co.uk

A makeover may not seem the most obvious remedy for the stress symptoms of a recession. But recent research indicates that women are spending more on their clothes, hair and general makeover than they were a couple of years ago.

One reason may be the lower prices on offer. Another may be that woman’s jobs are less affected in a recession than men’s.

But the impact of new clothes and a good hairdo on a businesswoman’s confidence is also a big factor in the survival of businesses that are in danger of folding, and therefore in the reduction of work stress.

The confidence and poise of a well-dressed and well-coiffed woman may be just what puts out the signals that reassures clients and suppliers, and could make the difference between surviving and going under. In situations that are at risk of turning desperate, to act as though everything is in order may be the best way to restore order.

Have you… seen any cases of a woman overcoming recession blues by optimising her makeover?  Tell us about it now.

Find out more about these and many other aspects of stress management at info@carolespiersgroup.co.uk. Tel:  +44 (0) 20 8954 1593 www.carolespiersgroup.co.uk

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