Stress is one of the leading reasons for work absences amongst British employees, which is why recognising National Stress Awareness Month is so vital for both employees and employers.
Whether it’s being stuck in rush hour traffic or rushing to meet a deadline, we all experience stress from time to time. Whilst it isn’t very pleasant, it is totally normal, and we all have our own ways of dealing with it.
However, at times, this stress may grow into something more unmanageable, it may even begin to impact our physical and mental health. Stress can cause headaches, chest pain and nausea, or in more serious cases, it may lead to serious health conditions such as anxiety or high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, many stress-causing factors in our day-to-day life can’t be helped, but we can learn how to both reduce it and cope with it. There are various ways to deal with stress in the workplace, from practicing open communication to mindfulness and regular breaks.
As a group, Proman are hugely dedicated to the wellbeing of our employees, partners and temporary workforce. We understand that a happy, healthy workforce is a loyal, productive one. This is why we want to share with you our top five tips for keeping stress at bay and dealing with it within the workplace. After all, whether you are an employee, HR manager or business owner, stress will hit you occasionally, so let’s be prepared!
1. Set clear goals
As a manager, it is of huge importance that you maintain a positive, productive morale amongst your employees. One way of achieving this is through setting regular, manageable and clear goals. With clarity comes an ease of the pressures placed on your workforce, allowing them to remain stress-free and able to both effectively and efficiently get on with the tasks at hand.
2. Take regular mini breaks
Taking regular breaks is of the utmost important for a variety of reasons linked to both physical and mental health. Furthermore, it is widely believed that taking regular breaks can make for a more productive, efficient and motivated workforce. When taking breaks, it is important that you do not use social media and if possible, take a short walk around the office. This is because sitting for too long can cause various complications such as heart disease and diabetes.
3. Practise office-friendly mindfulness
Mindfulness may seem like a 21st century fad, but it has proven to be hugely helpful for millions across the globe, with many companies now introducing it into their workplace to aid employee wellbeing. Furthermore, a simple mindfulness breathing exercise can take as little as one minute out of your day, but will do wonders for your overall wellbeing.
4. Be open about your work-related worries
Talking about what is on your mind is perhaps one of the simplest remedies for stress, however it is also something that many struggle with. Managers and those within HR should adopt an open-door policy, whereby employees are welcome to have a confidential chat regarding any worries or stresses they may currently be dealing with. Talking about what is on your mind can help place things into perspective or allow for a solution to be formulated.
5. Ensure work-life balance is maintained
Many of us struggle to switch off at the end of the day, but the detriment that this has on our stress levels, and overall health, is significant. Rather than constantly checking emails or being glued to your work phone, instead decide to leave work at work! Utilise time away from your job as a chance to de-stress and unwind, as this will help keep overall stress levels to a minimum. If not reaching for your phone or tapping away on your laptop is a momentous challenge, try taking up your free time with a hobby, like baking, running or painting.
Our dedication to reducing stress within the workplace extends from from our employees right across to our partnerships and temporary workforce. This is just one element that sets us apart from other labour providers, and is why we are the number one choice for those wishing to cut the stress out of their recruitment process.
For a confidential chat about how we can effectively reduce workplace stress, get in touch with us today.