Pick up any newspaper or listen to any news stations. We all know that workplace stress is real, and it is negatively affecting employees and their families. There are a lot of statistics released that support the fact of stress in the workplace.
Source: The American Institute of Stress
American workers are stressed out and work stress has significant health consequences that can range from sick days due to getting colds and flu to severe medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.
Stress can manifest itself in many different ways and can have harmful physical, mental, or even behavioral effects. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can cause headaches, muscle aches or problems sleeping, and can also cause irritability, depression, or lead to alcohol or drug abuse. Employers can readily see the effects of stress on their employees.
As an employer, there are numerous things you can do to help your employees manage their stress.
Encourage a healthy lifestyle
Encourage a healthy lifestyle to help your employees reduce stress. Develop a workplace wellness program that improves the health of your employees. This not only encourages a healthy lifestyle but also helps employees when it comes to bonding with their colleagues as well as their family. Also, try and encourage eating healthy food for lunch. Instead of having fried chicken wings for lunch, cater a healthier option for the team like grilled chicken salad. You could also stock up the office pantry with healthy snacks like granola bars and different types of fruits for them to snack on throughout the day.
Focus on positive culture
Create a healthy company culture by promoting an ‘open-door’ policy in your company and welcome employees any time during office hours. Take the time for your employees and be a listener as well. When an ‘open-door’ policy is being practiced at the workplace; other staff will get the change in company culture and will eventually cultivate that culture as well. This provides opportunities for social interaction among employees.
Other ideas to implement in your workplace
An Employer should not ignore workplace stress and a company should take all the necessary steps to reduce it from the work environment.
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