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Demands

This guide provides information on how taking active steps to manage workplace demands can help support your wellbeing at work.

Introduction

Work demands are a common source of work-related stress. While it is valuable to have challenging tasks to maintain interest and motivation, and to develop new skills, it is important that demands do not exceed our ability to cope. We can usually cope with demanding work if it is not excessive, we apply effective strategies, we are supported by others and if we are given the right amount of autonomy.

Resources

There are a variety of practical tools and techniques that can be used to manage demands, some of them are listed below for you to explore.

  • Sleep is not a luxury. Although it may sound trivial, lack of sleep can create serious problems with your mental and physical wellbeing, and it is a necessity for concentration, decision making and optimal functioning to manage the demands on you. Use this quick and easy self-assessment to see if you are suffering from sleep deprivation and to find out what you can do to alleviate the problem. Also, find out more about the real impact of Sleep Deprivation in the Workplace.

  • Using the Six Box technique can help you focus on what matters most.

  • Many things can get in the way of managing the demands on our time, use this template to identify how you can Overcome Obstacles at work.

  • If you say yes when you should be saying no, how to say ‘No’ without offending anyone, might be a useful read. Although a positive ‘can-do’ approach is valuable at times, saying yes to everything can have a negative impact on work and wellbeing.

  • These top ten time management tips could support you in managing the demands of your job. Organising each day helps you to complete work, stay engaged and give you space to be creative and proactive.

  • Using tools such as the efficiency and effectiveness matrix can help manage demands and achieve goals.

  • Browse this selection of resources to help you manage your demands when you work remotely/work from home.

  • This interactive self-study e-learning course provides an introduction to time management. Using a range of realistic examples, scenarios and challenges, it is the ideal starting point to begin building your knowledge and skills.