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How to Eliminate Workplace Stress

As summer vacations become a distant memory and the holidays near, it’s inevitable that our schedules are going to become a little more hectic. While a certain amount of stress is inevitable, the fact is stress is toxic to the body. The American Psychological Association says that stress can result in headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, insomnia, anxiety, lack of motivation, lack of focus, irritability, depression, and the list goes on.

The following are some useful tips that can help you reduce stress in the workplace, and limit the time it does occur.

Time Management

Managing work time effectively is a sure way to help you prioritize and get projects done at a reasonable time, which can drastically lower your work stress levels. Create a balanced schedule between work and your family/personal life. Also, don’t over-commit to doing too much and scheduling more than you can handle. Planning regular breaks helps to break the monotony and come back feeling recharged.

Control your Emotions

Even if you’re in a job where the environment is stressful, you can retain your own inner calm through your “emotional intelligence” says HelpGuide.org. “Emotional intelligence is about communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcome differences, repair wounded feelings, and defuse tension and stress.”

Emotional intelligence in the workplace has four major components:

  • Self-awareness – The ability to recognize your emotions and their impact while using gut feelings to guide your decisions.
  • Self-management – The ability to control your emotions and behavior and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Social awareness – The ability to sense, understand, and react to other’s emotions and feel comfortable socially.
  • Relationship management – The ability to inspire, influence, and connect to others and manage conflict.

Exercise

One sure way to dispel unwanted stress is to step outside and go for a quick walk, or even a jog. You can eat lunch at your desk and spend your lunch break at the gym or outside jogging.

Laugh

Laughing doesn’t mean you don’t confront challenges seriously, it means that you can smile at a task and meet it with lightness, rather than being overly serious or stressed. If you can get somebody else in on the joke, all the better.

 


Nextiva Turns 4!

This summer, Nextiva celebrated four years full of helping small businesses cut costs and enjoy high quality VoIP service. Four years full of new employees, training seminars and office growth. Four years full of technological developments, new products and industry awards. Four years full of learning, expanding and maturing.

This anniversary timeline examines Nextiva milestones from our company’s launch to today. We’re looking forward to delivering top-quality business VoIP to companies just like yours for many years to come – thanks for sticking with us!


Our Amazing Service™ Commitment

It’s no secret that the team at Nextiva is fanatical about delivering great customer support.  We abide by a commitment to our signature Amazing Service™ and love the daily thrill of making customers happy.   We’ve discovered that stellar customer support is just as important to the success of our business as the line of products that we offer.

When looking for new team members, we search for the most motivated, energetic and empathetic individuals that we can find.  During an employee’s first few weeks at Nextiva, they receive extensive training on not only our line of business VoIP products, but on effective listening skills, respect and sincerity towards others.  We strive to offer the most complete and customer-focused user experience for everyone we connect with – both inside and outside of our company.

A key to achieving Amazing Service: happy employees!  The Nextiva office is a casual and upbeat environment, which makes us enjoy coming to work each day.  We have an employee activity lounge with a pool table, video games, ping pong and board games that we are encouraged to use during our down time.  Bicycles are at our disposal to ride around the local neighborhood on our breaks, and we receive free breakfast every day and free lunch on Fridays!  With such fun surroundings, it’s easy to keep our employees positive and motivated.

Watch the video below to hear some Nextiva employees discuss their commitment to Amazing Service™, and let us help you select a business VoIP program that fits your needs by calling us today at 800.983.4289 or filling out a request form here.


Nextiva Rubik’s Cube Competition

A pivoting cube with stickers of white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow, the Rubik’s Cube is considered one of the world’s best-selling toys.  This 3D game features independently turning faces which allow players to mix up the colors; then solve the puzzle by returning each side to a consistent color.  Gaining mainstream popularity in the 1980s, fans found a thrill in the challenge of completing the twisty puzzle in the fastest time possible.

Here at Nextiva, we enjoy challenges and are always looking to add a little fun into our workday.  So when our senior management announced an office-wide Rubik’s Cube contest as part of our 4 year anniversary celebration, we were, of course, on board!  After weeks of practicing our solving skills during our downtime, there was a preliminary contest to see who had the fastest fingers.  Three winners were determined, who would then compete in the ultimate Rubik’s Cube showdown for the grand prize: an Apple iPad 3!  The three finalists were Marketing Director, Mary Miller; Support Representative, Stephanie Janke; and Support Representative Ely Winn.

Nextiva team members filled the employee lounge on June 28th, excited to watch the intense competition.  Check out this video to see who won!

Although we like to let loose and have fun, what Nextiva’s team is best at is providing you with award-winning business VoIP and outstanding Amazing Support™.  To adopt VoIP technology as the communications option for your business, contact Nextiva at 800.983.4289 or fill out a request form here.


Nextiva Turns 4!

This summer, Nextiva celebrated four years full of helping small businesses cut costs and enjoy high quality VoIP service. Four years full of new employees, training seminars and office growth. Four years full of technological developments, new products and industry awards. Four years full of learning, expanding and maturing.

This anniversary timeline examines Nextiva milestones from our company’s launch to today. We’re looking forward to delivering top-quality business VoIP to companies just like yours for many years to come – thanks for sticking with us!




 
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