3 Tips To Manage Stress in the Workplace
1. Make sure to regularly assess employee workload
If you find that a normally outgoing and affable employee begins to act sullen or uncharacteristically confrontational, or you notice changes in performance, such as staying late or making errors, sit down for a constructive conversation.
The sooner you identify the issue, the sooner you can begin to address it.
2. Take breaks to reduce stress and improves productivity
Encourage employees to take regular breaks throughout the day. This could mean taking a walk, reading a book, or talking with a friend.
It is important for employees to give their brains a moment to rest and reorganize. Contrary to many people’s first instincts when they are stressed, taking breaks makes you more efficient, more energetic, and better able to tackle the challenges in front of you.
Healthy diets and exercise are good for everyone
Encourage your employees to exercise regularly. Ironically, exercise is one of the first things to fall by the wayside, yet is one of the most important coping techniques in terms of reducing tension and increasing energy!
No matter how stressed and frantic someone is feeling, a brisk 20-minute walk will likely help.
Maintaining a healthy diet is another key to reducing stress. When your mind is full of worries and pressures, many people find that they slip into “mindless eating.”
Maintaining a balanced diet of foods that provide a more constant source of energy (instead of that sugar spike) can be a great first line of defense against the adverse effects of stress.
With Help, There Is Hope
Encourage employees to talk with your employee assistance program or a mental health professional if they are having trouble reducing their stress or have concerns about other issues related to their mental health.
While business owners cannot prevent issues around mental health and stress in the workplace, by providing education and increasing awareness, they can build an accepting environment that supports and encourages mental and physical well-being.