Stress in the workplace will happen no matter how hard you try to eliminate it. Whether you’re working on a large project, it’s the end of the month crunch time or the holidays are putting additional stress at home on your team. There are many ways you can help reduce stress for your employees. And it’s important to be transparent about setting clear goals, offering a flexible work environment and discouraging multitasking. Here are tips to help you keep your staff focused and stress-free.
- Focus on aesthetics. There are a lot of studies that show how the environment impacts stress, attitude and productivity. Something as simple as redecorating can help create an uncluttered, pleasant and serene office. Decorate using calm colors like blues and grays to make people feel more comfortable and at ease. If you want people to be more energized, use a bold color like orange or purple. Look at companies that match your corporate culture to get ideas for your environment.
- Encourage time off. Time off goes beyond ensuring your employees take their allotted vacation days. Are they eating lunch at their desks? Are they avoiding breaks throughout the day? Enforcing these small breaks is as important as ensuring everyone takes vacation and personal days. It shouldn’t be a badge of honor that your staff didn’t use all their vacation time. Being overworked can lead to burnout and employee dissatisfaction. Don’t make it hard to leave the office for just an hour or a whole week.
- Lead by example. To keep your team relaxed, you have to stay relaxed as well. Demonstrate a stress-free pace of work for yourself. If you’re stressed, the feeling can trickle down to all of your employees. Be friendly, deal with stress in a constructive way and promote positive behaviors from everyone in the office.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. You surely know that micromanagement is not an effective tool to encourage your employees. It can be hard to let a task go, but it’s important you do. Don’t worry as much about how a job is getting done as long as the results meet your expectations. However, if someone isn’t working up to your metrics, talk with them to help make improvements.
- Listen to your employees. Finally, don’t forget that office communication should always be a two-way street. Make yourself available to listen to the concerns of your employees, whether they’re about the job, the office or co-workers. Don’t react in a knee-jerk fashion, either. Listen to the problem and work with the employee to find a viable solution. If your team knows you have their backs, they will be less stressed and more productive.
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