Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

Managing your own stress is very doable. You concentrate on your own job, how you do it – and how you relate to teammates. While you’re doing your job.


Some workers, including painters, switch their priorities: people first, and their job second.


Whichever works for you, stress-wise, is fine. Hopefully, it will be fine with management, too.

As long as you get your job done right.


Tips to manage your own stress


1. Identify what is stressing you out at work.


2. Decide which stressors you can control. Which stressors do others control?


3. Create a flexible plan for changing those controllable stressors.


Example: Tense workday start? Get to work ten minutes early. Relax before going into gear.

Example: Headache, tense muscles? Walk whenever possible. It relaxes your muscles and brain, and improves your outlook. Note: So what if you need to wear your tool belt, and/or pull along a small supply cart.

Example: Isolation of job? Say “hello” or acknowledge teammates that you run into during the day. You do not need to stop and visit. They have their own jobs and time schedules to keep.

Example: Out-of-loop supervision? Allow 15 minutes a day to catch up with your supervisor. Separate from the time spent working together on a project or order.

Example: “Self-sufficiency syndrome”? Ask for or accept a little teammate help, at least once a week. It helps both of you feel like you belong.

Example: Teammate support? Offer to help a teammate out, at least twice a week. It helps both of you to feel needed.


4. Create an open plan for approaching stressors that are out of your control.


Example: Slow delivery of essential supplies? Let the purchasing manager know why you need certain supplies A.S.A.P. Eg, No-Traffic Zone paint; pool skirt tile grout and sealer.

Example: Frequent toxic mold exposures daily? Offer supervisor and housekeeping a clean-up schedule, that, respectfully, limits your daily heavy exposure to once a day.

Example: Manager criticism? Ask for a 10-15 minute appointment to discuss privately. Quietly and politely, decline and walk away from any public confrontation. It can be done.

Example: Manager and supervisor disagreement over your task? Suggest a three-way break time chat. First, listen to each of them express concerns and ideas for resolving. Then, offer a compromise, or your solution(s), if still relevant.


Your work stress can be managed simply and promptly. Whether its causes or triggers start with you – or someone or something outside of your control. The real choice is always yours!


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Decide to be wise. Develop common sense and good judgment. And, be kind.

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Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”  Copyright 2015. Robert Hajtovik. All rights reserved.






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