In the modern arena of the workplace, the most daunting hurdle to an employee is nothing but stress. The workplace has been identified as the top source of stress. Many factors such as workload, lack of job security, long working hours, personal problems, tight deadlines combined together make employees overwhelmed and brings down the productivity and satisfaction levels. In fact, the adverse impact and the consequences which arise from stress are so intense that the World Health Organization has been forced to declare it as a World Word epidemic.
Ronald Reagan who was an American politician and has served as the 40th president of the United States said “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things in the capacity of leaders.” We, therefore, need to analyze and examine our employees and the environment which we create for them. Also, we need to ensure that we help in creating an environment that is not stressful and adds to their productivity. So here are 5 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace
Encourage Workplace Wellness:
We can incorporate exercise and a healthy lifestyle in our work which can help us to alleviate stress at our workplace. Exercise helps employees focus on the task at the hand and also boosts their mood by increasing the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters that are the endorphins. The following can be achieved by:
- Encouraging employees to take a walk during breaks
- Subsidizing the gym memberships
- Providing healthy snacks options in the office
Apart from these, we can also encourage the employee to take on their passion and try and have different experiences which can act as great stress Busters. For example, we can look at Greg Boland West Face Capital Inc. Founding Principal, CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer is a prominent investor and hedge fund manager. Greg Boland is also a passionate skier, with a deep interest in traveling the world in search of a little perspective and a lot of adventure on the slopes.
Revamp the Habitat:
A lot of stress can be induced by the typical work environment and we should focus on thinking in what ways every aspect of our office contributes to the wellness of our team. We can look at many such simple things the height of the cubicle or the quality of the coffee which has a good amount of impact on employee engagement. Therefore, we can update our office with a sanguine color theme and add in some more plants and greenery to our place which may help employees to take off their minds from stress.
Allow for flexible hours and remote working:
A flexible work schedule or provision for remote working days can go a long way in reducing the stress of the employees effectively. As giving freedom to the employees also sends out a message that we trust them and their abilities and is also works as a great catalyst for office morale
Encourage social activity:
Employees spend together a considerable amount of time together and they should feel comfortable with each other. This will not only help in breaking communication barriers but will also help in reducing their stress by making them acquainted with their expectations and personalities.
With the growing trend of stress, many companies have resort to counseling for helping their workers deal with stress. According to a study it was found almost half of the workers felt they needed help in learning how to handle the stresses of their jobs. This strategy can help our employees in a great way making them ready for what’s coming and also preparing for them it.
Stress is a common phenomenon nowadays but it can negatively impact not only an individual who is suffering from it but potentially the workplace as a whole, stress being contagious in nature henceforth should be dealt with promptly. Using the above-given strategies we can help contain stress.