The conventional workplace can be tricky for some. Especially for introverts, the hectic environment of an office full of people compounded with the normal pressures of any job can lead to workplace stress, a very real phenomenon that can cause an increase in anxiety, sleeping or eating disorders, and even depression.
Luckily, this stress-inducing environment doesn’t have to be the only option for your career. Thanks to recent advances in telecommunication technology, it’s now more feasible than ever to work remotely. Working remotely is great because it allows you to choose an ideal working environment catered specifically to your preferences and habits. Additionally, research shows that remote workers are more productive than in-office workers, so more and more companies are receptive to the idea of letting their employees work outside the office. This means you have plenty of options if the conventional office is not your cup of tea. Whether it’s cutting out the stressful grind of a morning commute or getting away from the obnoxious, overbearing coworker, there are many anxiety-inducing situations in a standard workday that remote work can help to alleviate.
With that in mind, here are five jobs you can do to keep workplace anxiety to a minimum.
- Graphic Designer
With today’s great emphasis on iconic brand design and creating an aesthetic that is pleasing to the eye, the graphic designer has never been in greater demand. Whether working full-time or on a project-by-project freelance basis, graphic designers are creative thinkers and are often given instructions and then left to do their own jobs. Many graphic designers are often inspired by nature or design patterns in the real world, too, so working outside a traditional office space is ideal.
- Online Teacher
It might be surprising to see this entry on the list, as most people still picture a teacher as someone who stands in front of a classroom full of students staring back. This might not be the best scenario for those prone to workplace anxiety, but luckily, thanks to advances in communication technology and the widespread desire to make education more affordable, online teachers are becoming increasingly sought after positions. You can deliver virtual lectures, conduct online discussions, and chat one-on-one with students all via your computer, so you can still carry out your passion for teaching while keeping the crowd-induced stress to a minimum.
- Web Developer
There are scores of people out there who run a business and need to have a website for their business but don’t know how to build that website themselves. This is where web developers come in. Whether you’re working on the front-end, the back-end, or with the full stack, there’s never been a better time to be a web developer, and because their work exists almost entirely online, successful web developers can often have very high-earning careers doing project-by-project freelance work while operating in whatever work environment they like.
- Customer Service Representative
You’ve probably had personal experience with a customer service rep speaking to you from the other side of the world, so you know you don’t have to be in any particular location to do customer service work. While at first you might picture an enormous phone bank full of people yammering on the phone all around you, today’s customer service industry actually allows you to avoid working in that stressful, busy, noisy place. Companies compete to offer their customers the best service possible, and in order to do that, many companies are now allowing reps to choose their ideal work environments so they can best serve the customers. As long as you’re a patient person who doesn’t mind talking on the phone, customer service can be a low-anxiety job.
Many government agencies offer remote working jobs, as they’ve found that letting employees work from home cuts down on operational costs that taxpayers cover. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is one such agency known for offering remote positions. Additionally, as the name of the department suggests, there’s often a good deal of field jobs for those who feel most relaxed out in nature. Maybe your idea of a low-anxiety workplace is outside, not cooped up in an office. If that’s the case, an outdoors-based job in the USDA or a similar department like the National Parks Service might be the ideal fit for you.
What other industries are known for low-stress jobs that keep the anxiety to a minimum? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!