In any work environment, some level of stress is to be expected. But at a certain point that stress can become a serious, debilitating issue. Excessive work-related stress can occur for a number of reasons: an influx of business, work spilling into home, concerns about job security, issues with a colleague, etc.
Whatever the cause, it’s critical that you manage your stress before it affects your health and wellbeing.
Prolonged, acute stress has been associated with reduction in mental and physical health, including the following conditions:
Additionally, extreme pressure results in burnout, which can lead to a dip in job performance, cynicism in relation to your job, and loss of motivation.
There’s no reason you need to take on everything yourself. After all, you’ve taken the time and care to hire reliable employees that will support your business operations. Pass tasks along to others in the office when you can. Organizing patient files, contacting patients for appointment reminders, billing, and other administrative responsibilities can be shared across your team so no single person is bogged down.
If your budget allows, you can also outsource certain work, like cleaning or accounting, to third parties. Having certain work taken off your plate may be worth the added financial cost.