3 ways to cope with stress at work

Stress can be a real killer, especially on the workfloor. A heavy workload, poor communication and difficult clients are merely a few causes of this phenomenon. This stress can leave you feeling anxious, drained and overwhelmed.

Since it’s Stress Awareness Day, we want to shed some light on how we aim to eliminate stress on our workfloor. Open communication is the key to this. It’s used like a thread through our entire way of working. And perhaps it can be an inspiration for those looking to downsize their work-related stress. Here are three ways how we at Visuality cope with stress at work.

1. Integrating Nonviolent Communication

“A way of thinking, speaking and acting that contributes to mutual connection and cooperation”. 

In short, Nonviolent Communication is all about using empathy in the way you communicate with others and with yourself. Creating a nonviolent environment on the workfloor where one can vent freely about their causes of stress – whether it’s work-related or not – is key to minimize stress.

It’s important to integrate this way of communicating in your team, but also within yourself. Sometimes the stress you have is enforced by your own thoughts. Try turning “the client isn’t happy with my work. I did a terrible job” into “the client isn’t happy with my work, but I did my best and will continue to do that”.

2. Venting during Charli Monday

On ‘Charli Monday’, our weekly monday-meeting, we catch up on several topics. With coffee and croissants from the Charli Bakery, we sit down to share knowledge and lessons learned.

There’s also a very important place provided for whichever tension a team member has. Talking about your causes of stress or tensions can help to take some burden of your tense shoulders. It also helps create a place where it’s okay to talk about your problems, how small you think they may be.


3. Talking with a Business coach

Finally, our team has access to a business coach where they can get a professional outlet. The coach helps us to better understand where our stress comes from and assess whether the cause of the problem comes from within or from our environment. It’s fully anonymous and we also have the possibility to assess our personal stress, since this can also affect your work-related stress (and vice versa).

Augmented Reality (AR)

What is it?

Augmented Reality is adding a digital layer on top of a printed document (graphic recording, infographic, manual…). Using your phone or your tablet you will be able to see or hear extra information like images, videos and webpages. You just need a portable machine with a camera and an internet connection.



It’s nothing new. AR applications have been around for decades. Despite all of the promise, it is only now since the rise of powerful smartphone technology that AR is ready to unleash its potential.

When to use it?

You might have noticed that the reality around is multi-layered and dynamic. Yet, most of the time we are trapped in static, single-layer, two-dimensional pages. Hence, Augmented Realiy works best on printed materials like posters, infographics, graphic recording and manualsSo, when does it makes sense to add AR to our design work:

  • You don’t have enough space to add all the information ;
  • You want extra information that is not relevant for everybody;
  • You want pictures, video, sound or webpage on a static page
  • You want to add interactivity
  • You need to update the information regularly 

Hassle free!

We are convinced that Augmented Reality only contributes to a project if it is user-friendly. So, if at all possible we work with tools that:

  • Require No APP
  • Works on all phones
  • Instant appearance of the visuals

Already convinced?