Stress in the workplace really affects the performance of all contact center agents. And it’s something you should watch out for.
And, if you are working from home, the negative aspects of working under stress can be more severe. So, you should always be on the lookout for ways to minimize it.
Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce or eliminate stress.
Get Fit as a Fiddle
What better way to start your day than waking up early to do a few laps around the neighborhood? Even a casual walk in the morning can do miracles for you in the long-term.
Exercise is very beneficial for your body, especially during the early hours of the day. It is a quick fix to prevent you from getting stressed out for the rest of the day.
Doing regular exercise increases your bloodstream and allows oxygen to flow properly to your brain. This assures your brain has proper resources to be constantly active and to keep stress at a minimum.
Take a Break
Let’s do an exercise in imagination. Try to think of your stamina as a rubber band. Now, imagine stretching the rubber band further for each moment you spend working. Eventually, at some point, it will simply break.
Taking a break is not only a good idea, but it is also imperative. You can’t simply go on a working spree without one. You’re just setting yourself up for burnout.
Many contact center agents make the mistake of overworking themselves, thinking they can squeeze a few more calls instead of taking a break. That is detrimental, not only in terms of performance, but also concerning health.
After a tough call, simply going for a break does quite a lot in keeping you stress-free. You can take a short walk or even grab a quick snack, a coffee or a glass of water.
Since talking is an integral part of their profession, many call center agents end up being tired of having casual conversations. However, this can be detrimental and will quickly allow stress to build up.
And exactly why is that?
Social interaction is a cathartic experience. Having a chit-chat with someone who understands what you’re going through really eases the stress you’ve built up.
Working from home is different than working in an office, in the sense you won’t have so many colleagues roaming around. Yet, even so, you won’t ever be alone.
You have your family who is there to support you. After a very call-intensive day, you can go speak with your loved ones. Their support can go a long way in boosting your confidence and you can put even the most difficult calls behind you.