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6 Ways Manager Can Help Reduce Workplace Stress


Feel overwhelmed and frustrated at work? Want to scream at your boss for being unreasonable? Well, you’re not alone. Workplace stress is a common occurrence and requires immediate attention.

According to the American Institute of Stress 80% of workers feel stressed on the job.

Stress management is essential; ignoring this problem can have adverse side effects.

  • Stress makes it difficult to control emotions.
  • It promotes other diseases related to heart, stomach and back pain.
  • It keeps you back at maintaining healthy relationships.
  • It triggers irregular eating pattern, and may cause weight gain or loss.
  • It causes premature graying.
  • It also affects your immune system.

On average, a person spends about 9 hours at an office, which makes workplace environment an important contributor to stress. Work load, people, lack of job security, and work life balance can be some of the major stress triggers. Managers can provide a safe and healthy environment by following these practices.

Practice What You Preach

Believe it or not, people will look up to you for guidance. This makes self-correction extremely important.

Employees like to come before the bosses and leave after them. Therefore, maintain work-life balance, put in reasonable hours at the office and pursue a life outside the office. Educate your employees with stress management techniques.

Take A Break

Employees are more productive if they take small breaks between their work. Sitting at a work station can be exhausting.

In order to promote the culture of productive break time, take few breaks yourself. Grab a bite with your team, or have a little chat with them.

On an organizational level, allot rooms for de-stressing: a game room, gym, library—someplace where they can relax.

Hear Them Out

46% of people feel stressed out due to excessive workload.

Employees burnout because they don’t communicate when they feel they can’t handle the workload.

Follow an open-door policy at your workplace, and listen effectively when an employee comes up with a problem. Empathize with them and help them find solutions.

Moreover, look for signs of stress—an employee skipping work, dip is productivity, acting out. By doing so, you will also reduce your employee turnover.

Encourage Teamwork

Creating teams to carry out projects facilitates a comradeship. Building relationship at work allows employees to stay longer with a company.

Treat them like a valued part of an organization; take them out on weekend trip or retreats. These retreats can be a great way to strengthen communication and resolve conflicts.

Environment Matters

The appearance of the work station and office setting can have a great impact on an employee. Make sure your office space is clean, well-lit and quiet.  

Work Life Balance

Employees have responsibilities outside of the office place. Help them maintain a balance by having effective policies for maternity leaves, flex-hours, and remote working.

By allowing employees to choose their own work hours, you allow them the liberty to effectively manage work and a personal life.  

People make the culture of an organization. Managing team dynamics and stress levels can be challenging. We can make this process easier for you.

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