3 Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

Stress in the workplace is one of the biggest issues employers have to face today. It is a very real part of many people’s lives, and too much stress can cause problems with productivity, focus, happiness, and even mental health. Too much stress can, in other words, decimate your business if your employees are trying to cope with it.

Something that is both a good thing and a negative one is that much of the stress that people are feeling actually comes from their place of work. This is negative because it clearly means there are issues in the workplace of some kind, but in a positive light you can at least do something about this; you as an employer can make changes to ensure the workplace is less stressful, and therefore help your staff feel better and work better. Here are some ways it can be done.

Automate Where Possible

One of the reasons for workplace stress is an overload of work. There is always going to be a lot to do, but only a finite amount of time to do it in. Some people feel they have to work late or much harder than is really necessary to get every task completed. Over time, this overworking can cause a lot of problems, both physical and mental, and this includes stress.

By automating as many processes as possible, you can remove this stress from your workers. They will be able to concentrate on their core tasks, and everything else will be done smoothly and efficiently through automation. An example of this is your payroll; by using software from peoplexcd.com you can simply and quickly set up the parameters including basic salary, benefits, overtime, and so on, and then go about your other tasks safe in the knowledge that this complicated and time consuming part of the job is taken care of.

Encourage Wellness

Although the idea of all your employees sitting at their desks for eight hours a day ploughing through their tasks might be the first thing that comes to mind, the truth is that this is only going to cause more stress. Workplace wellness is hugely important, and as an employer, you need to encourage it as much as possible. This could involve:

  • Ensuring everyone takes regular breaks
  • Providing a break room and/or outside space
  • Offering subsidized gym memberships
  • Giving rewards for good work
  • Having team days out of the office (or, if everyone works remotely, where you can all meet-up in person)
  • Having healthy snacks in the office

By allowing all of this, and more, you can help your employees take their minds off their work for a short while during periods throughout the day. This means they can gather their thoughts, refocus on their tasks, and they should be more productive and less stressed when they return to what they were doing. Everyone will therefore get something out of workplace wellness.

Flexible Working

Flexible working is something that can truly revolutionize a workplace, and give employees their work life balances back to them. There has to be a good balance between work and personal lives as this promotes health, wellbeing, happiness, and it means employees are more loyal and willing to go the extra mile when required. They won’t start searching around for other jobs that will give them what they are missing out on with you, and since hiring is an expensive process, if you don’t have to go through it, that’s all the better for you.

Flexible working means a number of different things, and it will depend on you, the employee, and the business as to what is going to work best. It might be fully remote working, or perhaps staggered starts. It could be a job share, or working from the office two or three days a week. A discussion about the best options needs to be had before any decisions are made.