Stress Has No Place in the Workplace!
Over the past few decades, stress levels of the American workforce have soared incredibly.
According to The American Institute of Stress, a whopping 80 percent of workers in the country feel stressed at their jobs.
From lack of control to excessive demands, there are many reasons that employees feel this way.
Stress can lead to greater absenteeism, lack of productivity and health issues. Increased rates of heart attacks and hypertension are two of the most common health issues associated with stress in the workplace.
According to the Harvard Gazette, medical insurance and sick leave are not doing the trick. It seems as if a different approach would be required. Here are some steps that managers can take to reduce stress in employees:
Lead by an Example
As a manager, your employees look up to you. A negative vibe from you would set the tone for everyone else.
Keep the lid on your anger. Elicit positive energy at work. This will keep your employees relaxed and will also be good for productivity.
Encourage Social Activity in the Office
Create a ”chill out” space in your office. This spot will allow employees to hang out with each other. This will help reduce stress and burnout.
Create a Pleasant Work Environment
A place that is dirty and cluttered will not help if you are trying to reduce stress levels among employees. Make sure that the office is cleaned regularly. You might also want to bring in some fresh plants to give the environment a pleasant feel.
Noise also plays a huge role in contributing towards stress. Give your employees quiet spaces where they can work without disturbances.
Have Flex Time and Remote Working Options
Employees spend so much of their time at work that the room seems to feel like a cell. The idea is to establish the office as a place that facilitates work and not the other way around.
Giving flex time and remote working options is your way of displaying trust. This, of course, comes with its own set of rules. This freedom will boost morale.
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