Being placed in a stressful situation, or dealing with stress is a regular occurrence for many people. Dealing with workplace stress is a skill some people have perfected and some people aren’t so good.
Stress is one of the most daunting obstacles to employee engagement in the modern workplace. Workload, lack of job security, and personnel problems gang up on and overwhelm employees, dragging down their satisfaction levels.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
One of the ways to optimize your work and help stave off workplace stress is to ‘work smarter, not harder’. This helps to reduce unnecessary workload, help you keep to your work schedule, and help you to reduce workplace stress.
Exercise And Eat Nutrition
Eating right and keeping active won’t make your stress disappear. But it will help to reduce the emotional intensity you are feeling. It will help to clear your thoughts and will allow you to approach issues in a calmer manner.
Encourage Open Communication
Most employees’ workplace stress comes from their bosses. In fact, research has linked employees having a negative relationship with their boss to behaviors such as sleep problems, anxiety, high blood pressure, and even heart attack risk.
Allow For Flexible Hours And Remote Working
You hired your employees because you have confidence in their ability to do their jobs well and in a timely manner, so let them prove it. Let your employees know that their job is defined by the quality and timeliness of their work, not when they punch the clock.
Offer Paid Time Off
Nothing busts stress like getting away from the office and having some fun. No matter the size of your company, try to make it a priority to offer employees paid time off so that they can relax, rejuvenate, and come back better than ever.
Make Realizable Goals
If you set goals for yourself that are too unreasonable, you’ll find you never quite meet them and you’ll start to feel rather discouraged when you keep failing to get things done.
The worst thing for your productivity is a constant barrage of interruptions. Interruptions are inevitable, and you can’t let them get to you. But you can try and minimize them. If you have a really important project to work on, try turning the ringer off on your phone
Take The Team Out On Company Offsite
If you really want to give your employees a break, take them somewhere fun to get their minds off workplace stress and bond with each other. The activity you choose isn’t important. What’s more important is the spirit of getting out to do something fun together
Recognize Your Employees
Employees love being praised for a job well done and recognizing their success results in a serious boost in engagement. Each employee has a different personality, so be mindful when considering how and when to recognize.
Don’t Self-Imposed Stress
Fair enough, plenty of your stress is external. But there may be stresses that you’re imposing on yourself and needlessly. Make sure you’re not too caught up in others’ perceptions of you.