Dear All ,
I have been using the CITEHR site for over a month now and have found very useful write ups and presentations pertaining to my area of work. One topic where I could not see much matter was the ever relevant "HOW TO PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE". If anybody could share a presentation or write up on this, it would be very helpful.

From India, Bangalore
Hussain Zulfikar
Hris Implementation, Payroll, Recruitment,
Manpower Planning And Costing, Recruitment
Jean Walter
Talent Management,t&d, It Recruitment,
+3 Others

Shekhar Suresh

Rinku, the question is what is pressure?

1.If it is a looming deadline, then obviously the first step you need to take is to prioritize the work at hand.Can you find out what is the 20% of your work which will give you 80% of the results required by the deadline? Believe me it is possible.Next can you safely delegate some of the works to your colleagues or subordinates? If you do not have subordinates, then boldly ask your boss to find you someone alongside you who can help with a portion of the work.

2. If the pressure is brought about by your boss or someone else in your department who is not pulling his weight, then you have to tactfully confront that person. Be sure to gather evidence before you do this. Also keep your cool all along the transaction.Never allow the discussion to degenerate from being professional to becoming personal.

3.If the pressure is because of the way you react to a situation, then obviously you should treat yourself.Listening to meditative tapes ( there are some fine ones on the net), exercising, listening to divine discourses,playing with children ...all will relax you and you will find yourself becoming calmer.

Evidently you need to describe what particular pressure you feel when you are required to perform. Then we can discuss more meaningfully.

From India, Bangalore

Hi Rinku,
Follow the SEAL rules, you will always enjoy your work during under pressure.
1. Sincerity,
2. Enthusiastically,
3. Adaptability,
4. Loyalty,
1- Sincerity-------- Towards time and allocate proper portion of time to plan the work and priorities accordingly.
2. Enthusiastic----- Don't show your panic, stay calm and control your emotion.
3. Adaptability----- Learn form mistakes,
4. Loyalty -------- Be loyal with yourself, whatever you are doing to achieving the target, is the Best, never impose
your self in dual situation.
Performance always count if you work in under pressure, now a days every job we are doing, bit pressure and we have to perform accordingly. some time project completion pressure, Production pressure, Time pressure, unconditional working environment pressure and etc.
Have A Nice Day!

From India
Jean Walter

Pressure is how much of force you let others/your work to exert on you. It depends on how you handle your work. PUT THINGS IN PLACE-Prioritize. DO THINGS ON TIME-Right thing at the Right time. KNOW WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO THINGS-Be informed. PROCRASTINATION PILES PRESSURE. Don't postpone things to tomorrow if you can do them today.
Easy ways to avoid pressure
1. Make a list of things to be done for the day as you start your work
2. Keep adding those items as they get added to your schedule for the day
3. Keep ticking off the tasks accomplished
4. Keep a tab on your watch and fix a deadline for each work
5. If some work of yours is dependant on others, please talk to them in a friendly way reminding them or seeking their help on the subject
6. Take a break just to take a deep breath and relax. Just keep the break within limits so that you dont loose sight of the task at hand
These are basics.Hope it helps
Jean Walter

From India, Coimbatore

Hi ,
Rinku this side. Thank you Shekhar , Vikash , Jean & Anil for taking time to reply on my query. Thanks for the inputs !
My idea is to put up a presentation for basically my sales force who are always under pressure to achieve targets. Nowadays Pressure is so universal that there are persons who cannot work without pressure ! So in this scenario, I was looking at how to counter various pressures (self applied , deadline pressure , boss specific pressures , peer pressures etc). So if you come across some interesting stuff on this kindly help me with it.
Thanks once again !

From India, Bangalore
Hi all
Jean Walter's points very so nice.
Likewise, pls tell us when the situation is the other way round. In case, the work pressure is so low in such a way that only 2/3 hours of solid work we have in a day due to some tasks being centralized to the corporate office, then in such a case, what would be your advise to effectively use our time that may be useful to our personal career as well as useful to the organisation.

From India, Mumbai
Hussain Zulfikar


What I can suggest is, you can combine inputs from the esteemed members in this thread. and also research citehr for topics such as

Time Management

Stress Management

Dealing with Bosses

Assertive Skills

Soft Skills

Customer Management or KYC (Know your customer) concepts

Work Life balance

Self Motivation

Prepare one or several presentations, combining various aspects relevant to your industry and job roles and duties. First research and read about this mentioned concepts and inputs provided by the members here

Then survey, research, explore, discover, understand actual challenges faced by standard sales person and your sales team.

Draft one or few presentations keeping your research and knowledge of thier problems in perspective and organize an interactive session with them to educate them on How to handle pressure and perform.

Motivating employees is a continous task, you need to feel thier situation (be in thier shoes), understand and emphatize when you present them tips and techniques to deal with pressure and perform, audience must feel that you understand them, thier job roles, duties, pressures, work flow, challenges, then only they will show interest or learn from your efforts.

I have come across many opinions from line staff, that HRs only gives flashy presentations, with "big talks" and dont understand ground realities and challenges. usually this type of efforts are ignored or just visited by staff as yet another "big talk" activity, when they dont connect with the trainer or speaker.

Its great to know you are researching this issues, I m sure you will do your research, just giving you some inputs. hope its helpful.

Best Wishes

From Kuwait, Salmiya

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