How to keep stress levels low in the workplace
In today’s world, the workplace moves at an increasingly fast pace. Our culture has normalised working in high pressured environments, with little thought to what this can do to worker’s health, both physical and mental.
However, stressed staff equals de-motivated and unproductive staff which can be detrimental to your business, not to mention the time off that may be needed for them to recover and restore themselves to full health. So, it’s in employer’s interests to care for worker’s wellbeing and create an environment that is as stress free as possible. Whilst eliminating stress completely will be impossible, here are some things that employers can do to help reduce stress in the workplace:
Boost the environment
When it comes to reducing stress, you don’t need to make big changes and even the little things really count. Putting up pieces of art can create a relaxing environment, as can plants. Try hanging a few key art pieces and introducing some low maintenance greenery around the office. Fresh flowers are ideal, but remember to dispose of them when they’re past their best!
By law in the UK, workers are entitled to at least one uninterrupted 20 minute ‘rest break’ if they work more than 6 hours a day – so you need to ensure your worker’s get this. However, even additional short breaks can boost productivity and make workers feel less stressed, so encouraging regular breaks is a good start for keeping your workers happy.
Encourage group bonding
No-one likes to feel isolated in the workplace, and difficult relationships with co-workers can increase stress levels three fold. If your company uses a remote workforce, this can often bring with it feelings of loneliness. Organising monthly outings is a great way to build strong working relationships – even if you just pop out for quick Friday night drinks.
Listening to and trying to understand and accommodate your employees is hugely important. It makes staff feel understood, and it shows them that you care about them. However, communication is a two-way street. Talking to your employees is also important if you want them to feel valued. Keeping employees in the dark about important issues – like the state of the company and any upcoming changes, as well as not offering feedback on their work – can cause them unnecessary stress.
Allowing for a degree of flexibility in working schedules can greatly help to reduce employee’s stress. Often, the pressure of work is coupled with the stress of managing everyday life and so allowing some flexibility on working hours can help them to deal with all of life’s challenges more easily.
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