MANAGE WORKPLACE STRESS IN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

Smead Offers Tips for Overwhelmed Employees

MANAGE WORKPLACE STRESS IN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

HASTINGS, Minn. (July 15, 2009) — Stress in the workplace is inevitable; however the economic downturn has caused many companies to cut their workforce, resulting in employees doing more duties than ever before. Smead, a leading supplier of organizational products, has developed tips to help today's workers lower stress and achieve balance in the workplace.

"Millions of Americans are working harder than ever to ensure that they keep their jobs in this difficult economy," said Louise Kurzeka, a professional organizer who works with Smead. "While they may not be able to change their work environment, they can change the way that they deal with workday stress."

Smead has developed the following tips to help employees draw boundaries so that they can enjoy their job and decrease the workday pressure:

Curtail the Interruptions – Many people find it difficult to get their work done because they spend their time solving other people's problems. While you don't want to be anti-social or appear unwilling to assist, it is acceptable to let someone know that you are in the middle of a project but you are willing to help them at a later time.

Don't be a "yes" man or woman – While being a team player is important, taking on too much by volunteering to complete tasks can be a hindrance to completing your assigned duties. Always consider your overall workload before agreeing to add to the duties that are already on your full plate.

Cut the chains to your desk – If you are one of the millions of Americans who work through lunch, stay late and sacrifice weekends for your job, it is only a matter of time until you become disenchanted and burned out. In reality, pushing yourself harder and harder without a break will make you less productive and less effective. It is important to take the time to get away from the office to refresh and recharge your attitude.

Breathe, Move and Focus – Simple actions like taking five deep breaths, rolling your shoulders and taking a short walk can be extremely effective in shifting your focus for a few minutes and allowing your body and your mind to recharge itself. And while you may feel that you are not thinking about work, your brain will subconsciously still be working and often result in better problem solving than had you maintained your focus on work without taking a breather.

Organize Your Desk Each Day – A recent national survey conducted by Smead found people's number one organizational challenge in the workplace was the result of having too much stuff on their desks. By simply taking a few minutes at the end of each day to declutter your work space, you also will be clearing your mind, making you better able to focus on the tasks of the next work day.

These tips and more are available at Smead Organomics (www.smead.com/organomics) – an interactive "how to" Web site that provides expertise and ideas to teach people how to get more done with less stress. The site was developed with help from professional organizers and offers free practical ideas and advice including the latest trends and solutions to the most common organizing challenges in easy to digest "One Minute Answers." In addition, an "Organomics Calculator" provides the actual time and money lost to individuals and companies due to disorganization.

The site also offers a customized solution for each visitor through "My Organomics" – an interactive tool that delivers solutions based on a person's individual work style and organizing challenges. In addition, there are many quick tips and advice for answering the most common organization problems at both work and home.

Smead Organomics users also can also join "Club Organomics" to receive the latest news and information on organizing ideas and products.

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Smead Manufacturing Company, a leader in office filing products and records management systems, was established in 1906 in Hastings, Minnesota. Smead is a privately held, certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) offering thousands of organizational products for use in the home or office. For more information on Smead's high-quality organizational products, including hundreds of environmentally friendly products made from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified materials, visit www.smead.com. To find your personal organizing style, visit Smead Organomics at www.smead.com/MyOrganomics.