Stress in the Workplace
Keeping employees productive
requires managers to care about their stress levels. When stress is out of
control, productivity tumbles, creativity sags, and good employees take flight.
You can lower stress levels in
your company or department by discovering what causes stress, considering what
you can change, and asking a lot of questions.
Look for glaring trouble spots and ask your
staff what really "bugs" them and listen hard.
Give employees more control over their
workload and pace--it's a stress buster and a morale booster! How? Let them
know that they can talk to you when they feel overloaded, so you can help them
find ways to lighten their load.
Empower employees to set limits on how many
hours they'll work--employees cope better with stress when they have
satisfying lives outside work, too.
Help employees learn stress reduction
techniques like deep breathing, taking a quick walk, or doing some other
quick, brisk exercise. Post four or five stress busting techniques where
employees can see them, and ask them to add ideas that they find useful.
Hold meetings to talk about solutions to
Acknowledging that stress is an issue and
showing a willingness to work on it reduces stress in the workplace.
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