5 Tips For Reducing Employee Stress

5 Tips For Reducing Employee Stress

It’s easy to assume that “stress” and “work” go hand in hand: It wouldn’t be called work if it were a walk in the park. Yet, there comes a point where work-stress can be detrimental to your employee’s health and as a result, affect their productivity.

Although trying to completely eliminate stress in the workplace is impractical, – since employees will inevitably have to face challenges and work long hours at times – there are several things that you as a manager or business owner can do to ensure that employee stress is kept within tolerable levels. Here are five tips to help you reduce employee stress in your organisation (reference: Blue Collar People:

  1. Keep track of each employee’s specific responsibilities and tasks. One of the main causes of stress in the work environment is work overload. To avoid this, you’ll need to understand the tasks each and every employee is juggling with. Is there a particularly challenging project they are working on? Are some employees facing difficulties adapting to a new process? Keep track of what everyone is currently involved with so that you can know when a particular employee is carrying a workload that is too heavy. This way you can also avoid piling on more work to employees who are on the verge of breaking.
  1. Provide time-management training. Poor time management among your employees can cause workplace stress. You can help your employees manage their time better by providing coaching. This will not only help your employees better their work-life balance but will also help them become more productive – the result of which is a more efficient and happier workforce.
  1. Create an open-door policy. Open and honest communication with your employees is crucial when trying to minimise stress in the workplace. Ensure that employees feel free to come and talk to you when they experience any work related stress. When you don’t encourage open communication, your staff will be reluctant to come to you with their issues, even though most problems can be easily sorted out before they get out of hand if brought to your attention early enough.
  1. Provide a conducive work environment. Nice-to-have items in the workplace can seem unnecessary especially when you are working off a tight budget. You don’t need to break the bank, however, to create a nice working environment. Here are a few inexpensive things you can do to improve work conditions; ensure your workplace:
  • Is kept clean and tidy
  • Offers facilities for beverage preparation – coffee, tea,
  • Is well lit with as much natural light as possible
  • Has well-regulated temperature and humidity conditions
  • Has a few plants to add some liveliness.

Also, encourage your employees to take breaks after certain intervals (ideally after every 2 hours) during the workday so that they can have a short rest.

  1. Provide some flexibility. While it’s not practical to do so in all businesses, giving your employees some flexibility in where and when they work can help a lot in stress reduction. Give employees that have urgent personal and family issues some time off to deal with them, allow employees to come to work early so that they can leave early, and make it possible for employees to telecommute whenever possible so that they can work from home.

It’s impossible to remove every stressor in the workplace or guarantee your employees will never feel overwhelmed by work; but by taking the above measures, you can ensure that employee stress is manageable for a happier and more productive workforce.

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