August 7, 2021

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Ten Tips To Reduce Workplace Stress and Conflicts In Remote and Hybrid Workplaces

As a leader, you should be more mindful of heightened emotions, distress, anxiety, irritability, and an escalation in interpersonal conflicts in remote and hybrid workplaces.

This is where well-being intelligence comes in. Well-being intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own well-being, as well as the well-being of others. It is an essential skill for anyone who wants to thrive in today's workplace, especially in remote and hybrid workplaces.

Here are ten tips to reduce workplace stress and conflicts in remote and hybrid workplaces, with a focus on well-being intelligence:

1. Be mindful of your own well-being

This includes taking care of your physical and mental health, as well as setting boundaries between your work and personal life.

2. Be respectful of others' preferences

Not everyone is comfortable with the same level of communication or collaboration style. Be mindful of your co-workers' preferences and adjust your behavior accordingly.

3. Overcommunicate

In the absence of in-person communication, it's important to overcommunicate with your colleagues. This means being clear and concise in your communication, and providing regular updates on your work. It also means being responsive to messages and requests from others.

4. Use technology effectively

There are a number of tools and technologies that can help you to communicate and collaborate with your colleagues more effectively. For example, you can use video conferencing tools to have face-to-face meetings, or instant messaging tools to have quick conversations.

5. Build relationships with your co-workers

It's important to take the time to build relationships with your co-workers, even if you're not working in the same physical location. This can be done by participating in team-building activities, attending social events, or simply taking the time to chat with your colleagues one-on-one.

6. Be a leader who cares about your team's well-being

This means being supportive of your team members, and helping them to manage their stress levels and workload. It also means being understanding and forgiving when mistakes are made.

7. Be tolerant of others

Everyone is adjusting to remote and hybrid work in their own way. Be patient and understanding with your co-workers, even if they're not making the same choices as you.

8. Be willing to compromise

There may be times when you need to compromise with your co-workers in order to find a solution that works for everyone. Be willing to listen to their concerns and try to find a common ground.

9. Be open to feedback

If you're struggling with something, be open to feedback from your co-workers and manager. They may be able to offer you some helpful advice or support.

10. Seek professional help if needed

If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, don't be afraid to seek professional help. A therapist can help you to manage your stress levels and develop coping mechanisms.

Your Wellness,

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Corporate Trainer, Keynote Speaker, Author, and Master Leadership and Well-being Coach. Joyce is the Thought Leader behind the groundbreaking Well-being Intelligence Curriculum™ and WIS® Assessment that identifies well-being risks for individuals and organizations. Her work includes harassment and psychological safety consultation, designing inclusive wellness systems, wellness assessments, diversity conflict and well-being consultations, train the trainer certifications, and relational leadership coaching. Joyce also hosts the annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit and her weekly What’s Happening at Work podcast. She is the author of six books and President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. Joyce is passionate about helping people identify and reduce barriers to living their best lives. In her downtime, you will find Joyce reading, cooking, taking long walks or enjoying time with family and friends. She can be reached at

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