How to manage stress

Let’s talk about a topic that we all can relate to: stress. It’s an inevitable part of life, but it’s important to manage it effectively. One of the main sources of stress in the workplace can be colleagues or managers.

If you find that a colleague or manager is causing you undue stress, try having an informal conversation with them to address the issue. If that doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to escalate the issue to your line manager or HR department. It’s crucial to take action when your well-being is being impacted.

In some cases, unfortunately, the employer may not accept or acknowledge that stress is being caused. In that situation, you need to prioritise your own health and well-being.

Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you’re not getting the support you need, then it may be time to consider leaving.

It’s important to note that most companies do offer training to help managers spot signs of stress. However, everyone experiences stress differently. That’s why it’s crucial to take responsibility for your own mental health and SPEAK UP when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

At the end of the day, unless you tell someone you’re stressed, they won’t know. (If only recruiters were mind readers hey..)

So, our advice to you all is to be proactive in managing your stress levels. Here are some suggestions on how to manage your workload:

📈 Metrics and Targets – Recruiters are often held to strict metrics and targets. This can lead to pressure and stress. To manage this, break down larger goals into smaller, achievable ones. Celebrate your wins, and don’t be too hard on yourself when you miss a target.

📧 Communication – Communicating with candidates and hiring managers can be challenging, especially when there are misunderstandings or delays. To reduce stress, be transparent and honest with all parties. Set clear expectations and timelines for communication, and follow up regularly.

💼 Heavy Workloads – Recruiters often have a lot on their plates. To manage heavy workloads, prioritise tasks and delegate when possible. Take breaks throughout the day and avoid working late into the night. It’s important to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

👨‍💼 Difficult Candidates/Hiring Managers – Dealing with difficult candidates or hiring managers can be stressful. To manage these situations, remain calm and professional. Use active listening and empathise with the other person’s perspective. Seek support from colleagues or mentors if needed.


Remember, stress is a normal part of life, but it’s important to manage it effectively. By implementing these tips, you can reduce stress levels and maintain a positive mindset, both in your personal and professional life.


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