Reduce Workplace Stress | 5 Key Tips for Businesses
Stress within your comfort zone can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes at work. But in today’s hectic world, the workplace can often seem like an emotional roller coaster. Long hours, tight deadlines, and ever increasing demands can leave you and your employees feeling worried, uncertain and overwhelmed. We provide practical advice on how to reduce workplace stress in 5 simple steps
1. Build Positive Relationships
- Social contact is nature’s antidote to stress. Talk face to face and take steps to be more sociable with your coworkers. When you take a break, for example, instead of directing your attention to your smart phone or tablet, try engaging your colleagues.
- One of the best ways to improve communication and reduce stress is to listen attentively to an employee in a calm, face-to-face setting. This can help to reduce any uncertainty about their jobs roles and encourage them to participate in decisions that affect their job.
- When stress is mounting at work, try to encourage employees to take a quick break and move away from the stressful situation. Take a stroll outside the workplace if possible.
2. Get Moving
3. Eat Well
- Food choices can have a huge impact on how you feel during the work day. Eating small, frequent and healthy meals can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar, helping you to keep your energy and focus while avoiding mood swings. Low blood sugar, on the other hand, can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic.
- Avoid nicotine. Smoking when you’re feeling stressed may seem calming, but nicotine is a powerful stimulant, leading to higher not lower levels of anxiety.
4. Prioritise and Organise
- Ensure the workload is suitable to employees’ abilities and resources; avoid unrealistic deadlines.
- Show that individual workers are valued by offering rewards and incentives.
- Provide opportunities for career development.
- Promote an ‘entrepreneurial’ work climate that gives employees more control over their work.
5. Employee Incentives
Talk to one of our Health and Safety experts who can help you put procedures in place to reduce workplace stress.