Reduce Work Stress Levels – A Proactive Approach

Published by Kathryn Anda, PEPworldwide on 3 February, 2014

Are you working longer hours, working harder than ever before and experiencing greater levels of work stress in the office?

Jobs that once motivated us, no longer satisfy us completely.  The desire to get more out of our lives and our chosen job is a high priority.  Getting the balance right is difficult.

Stress not only impacts our health, but can have a significant impact on the bottom line of a business. Absenteeism, low productivity, employee turnover and errors are an unwanted cost. 

It is critical to know how to reduce work stress levels proactively.

Notice The Signs Of Stress – Pay Attention

Stress at workBeing proactive means being a step ahead.   As individuals, we all have different threshold levels, and what causes you anxiety may not be the same thing that causes me to go into a tailspin. Whilst it is critical we all understand our own symptoms, employers also need to be alert. Being able to notice the signs of stress in your employees is key to managing it.

  • Behavior: changes in behavior are often the first visible sign – irritability, moodiness, and even isolation.
  • Conflict: whilst conflict can occur at the best of times, an increased propensity to disagree with peers and management can be a sign.
  • Absenteeism: If sick leave or absences are on the rise, there could be an underlying issue.
  • Productivity: An unusual drop in productivity, attention to detail and an increased inattention to deadlines.

Environmental Impacts – Look In Our Own Backyards

Whilst it is vital to notice the signs of stress, there is a lot to be said about making adjustments to our working environments to reduce or prevent it in the first place.

Common causes of stress in the workplace can include minimal management support, lack of opportunities, constant change, extreme pressure and poor communication. 

Do any of these ring a bell?

Putting Two And Two Together – The Solutions

When stress and its triggers can be more easily identified, the solutions may be just a small step away. In many instances, the act of removing the stressors or making modifications to the workplace and processes can bring instant respite.

Additional training can alleviate stress through greater understanding and improved skill levels. Adjustments to processes and procedures can remove repetitive activities and alterations to an office layout to invite greater collaboration and flexibility can help to lift the heavy grey cloud.

Sometimes The Issues Lie Outside Of The Office

An inability to manage work-life balance can be a significant cause of stress. Being proactive is the key. Offering flexible working hours, encouraging annual leave, and using technology to its potential can help make a world of difference.

Reducing stress levels is essential to ensuring your business operates at the top of its game, all the while retaining good people and getting the best from them. 

Be proactive.  Get to stress before it gets to you and your staff. Need help? PEPworldwide don’t just deliver quick wins. Their techniques will help you achieve stress free solutions.

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