Workplace stress doesn’t just squash the morale. It diminishes employees’ productivity and results in more sick days.
While small bouts of stress can boost motivation, too much work related stress is counterproductive.
Believe it or not, as a team leader or manager, you hold the power to bring some joy back into your employees’ lives. This will result in greater productivity and performance.
Let’s take a look at some work related stress solutions you can start implementing today.
1. Let Your Employees Telecommute
An astounding 86% of professionals prefer to work alone to hit peak productivity.
In your office, are there certain teams that lend themselves to a work from home capacity?
Communication is easily done these days via e-mail, and FaceTime and Skype. Why not let your team members work from home every other Friday?
Cutting out their commute twice a month and allowing them to work from home can help reduce work related stress. It’s a foolproof way to lower workplace stress levels and boost morale.
2. Run Lunchtime Yoga Classes
We may not even fully grasp all the health benefits of yoga yet. But its ability to improve physical and mental health and reduce stress is clear.
So, consider hiring a yoga instructor twice a week for short 30-minute classes. This will set your employees up for more peaceful and productive afternoons. The benefits are also likely to spill over into your employees’ personal life— a happier, healthier personal life means less work related stress.
3. Conduct Walking Meetings
Do you run a weekly meeting that’s designed for team members to catch up and speak their voice?
Instead of sitting around the conference room table eating bagels, promote your employees’ physical health by taking the team out for a walking meeting.
Set it for a certain date and time so everyone can wear comfortable shoes.
Then, use that time to discuss new ideas. Offer everyone a chance to speak while you do a few laps around the corporate park.
4. Improve Workspace Design
If you have some control over the design of your workspace, get right to the lighting and the walls. There’s a lot of potential there to reduce workplace stress.
According to a study, 68% of employees complain about the lighting in the workplace. A well-lit open space could contribute to your employees’ overall happiness.
Wherever possible, turn off those fluorescent lights. Replace them with soft floor lamps. Focus on clear, clean, well-lit spaces.
5. Find Ways to Encourage Employees
Setting an open door policy, and abiding by it as much as possible, is key to making your team members feel valued.
Positive messaging must abound. Watch the tone of your e-mails and meetings. Are you only bringing to light the business struggles?
Your messaging matters. Remember that employee attitude always trickles down from the top.
Keep Looking for More Ways to Relieve Stress
These five workplace stress reduction solutions only scratch the surface. With the right mindset, you can continually find new ways to reduce stress for your employees.
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And be sure to check out our other Employee Health and Productivity articles for more tips and tricks to make your employees feel glad to walk into their stress-free workplace every day!