Stressed Out at Work? Listen to This!

October 6, 2010

With the economy in shambles and the current employment landscape looking quite bleak, millions of people are struggling to deal with the double-whammy of financial and career-related stress. Indeed, stress has become almost a given in our lives, but that doesn’t make it any less problematic or less in need of positive management.

And managing stress and its attendant problems doesn’t have to be work; in fact, it shouldn’t be. Listening to audio books on a commute is a popular way of relaxing before/after work, so what’s stopping you from listening to audio books that actually help you deal with the problems that make you stressed in the first place?

So we’ve put together a list of 10 great audio books that are sure to offer motivation, insight and strategies to anyone who is not only looking for a way to unwind but also to deal with work-related problems.

Get Motivated


Start Where You Are by Chris Gardner: The author is the man behind the character Will Smith portrays in “The Pursuit of Happyness”.  In this audio book, read by Andre Blake, he shares suggestions and life lessons that are sure to infuse your work routine with more energy and give you insights into making your professional dreams a reality.

The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley: Author of several inspirational books, Stanley shows listeners not just what to do differently but how to start thinking differently about failure and unmet expectations. If you find yourself in crisis or trying to figure out how your career choices haven’t taken you where you expected, give this audio book a listen to understand the principle of the path and take control of your future.

21 Great Ways to Manage Your Time and Double Your Productivity by Brian Tracy: Inability to meet your boss’s expectations is a big problem, but not meeting your own expectations can result in a downward emotional spiral that can affect all parts of your life. The author himself narrates this energizing audio book about how to get more done in your job and at home. Learn strategies for setting goals, organizing your working spaces, prioritizing tasks and overcoming procrastination.


Take Stock


Great Work Great Career: How to Create Your Ultimate Job and Make an Extraordinary Contribution by Steven R. Covey: Renowned author Covey knows how it goes — in order to create your dream job and a satisfying career, you first need to think deeply about where you are and how closely it maps to your aspirations. Learn from a master how to evaluate your present before you can shape your future.

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees) by Patrick Lencioni: Whether you’re a manager wondering about your employers or an employee wondering about your own satisfaction, this audio book will help you see the reality more clearly. If you feel stuck in a work environment that’s making you unhappy but don’t know what to think or do about it, listening to this will help you gain both perspective and confidence.


Take Action


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh: The author is the visionary behind the extraordinary success of online retailer When you find yourself ready to take action to improve your career and work environment, listen to his sage, bold advice on turning things around with the power and focus of your own thinking.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher: Negotiating a mutually satisfying agreement is a great skill and real asset, especially when it comes to work. Narrated by NPR announcer Bob Edwards, this audio book will teach you a simple, highly effective five-step plan for managing negotiations and getting the most out of them.

The Power of a Positive No by William Ury: Most people in subordinate positions are afraid that saying no to their employer will jeopardize their relationship. This is not a fear without basis, but the solution isn’t to always say Yes — it’s to learn how to say No positively. This audio book will give you simple, actionable strategies for behaving in such situations and saying No without affecting your employee-employer relationship.


Take a Break


Fired! Tales of Jobs Gone Bad by Annabelle Gurwitch: Getting fired is no laughing matter… except when it comes to this audio book. Filled with hilarious, true stories of actors getting fired from a variety of jobs, this is the perfect way to appreciate your own situation and find some humor in universal employment problems like miscommunication and differing expectations.

Escape 101: The Four Secrets to Taking a Sabbatical or Career Break Without Losing Your Money or Your Mind by Dan Clements and Tara Gignac: Sometimes it’s not the job, it’s you — and the fact that you need a break. A significant break is unthinkable to most career-driven people because it seems impossible to manage without damaging your prospects or profit. This book will not only help you find the motivation for taking a break but also offer effective strategies for organizing your break and managing the expenses without sacrificing your career or profits. With this audio book, you can get away with getting away!

About the Author:

Samantha Hiltons is an experienced author, analyst, and consultant. She is a leader in the field of employment issues, including employment law, MSPB Law, and HR issues.


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