Before You Spend Money on Stress Management Coach Training, Try These 7 Tips to Reduce Stress at Work
There’s no escaping the fact that stress has become a massive problem in the modern workplace. A worrying study from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reported that 526,000 workers in the UK suffered from work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2016/17.
The natural desire to grow a company has led to some bad habits, resulting in a fast-paced frantic and un-enjoyable working environment. In a bid to make work a better place to be, companies have looked to reduce stress by sending staff to stress management coach training courses.
Stress management coach training courses for staff are a useful asset, but there are many simple steps you can take to stop stress from building up in the first place.
Reducing stress should be a top priority for many reasons:
- Studies show that the happier we are, the better we work.
- Staff are likely to leave if work becomes too stressful.
- You will save yourself lots of time and money.
7 tips to reduce stress at work
1. Set clear goals for your employees
Confusion is a horrible ingredient in the stress pot. Having employees overloaded with tasks that they don’t fully understand puts them in a stressful state of mind.
Even if staff have lots on their plates to deal with, the certainty of knowing exactly what needs to be done and why it’s important will make a giant difference to their productivity. So take the extra few minutes to read your emails back to ensure they are clear, or speak face-to-face to avoid causing any confusion.
2. Decorate your surroundings
Offices/cafeterias with no art, flowers, or colour, make for an uninspiring work environment.
You don’t need a huge budget to perk up your surroundings. Repainting your walls, buying some flowers (real or fake), and placing some decorations around the office, will make your surroundings a much more comfortable place to work.
3. Try remote working
The working world has changed: most computer-based jobs can now be done from anywhere in the world as long as there’s a stable internet connection. It’s becoming more common for companies to give members of staff the option to work from home one day per week.
Giving your employees the opportunity to avoid the commute to spend a day working from home is a simple way to reduce stress. Plus, many people claim they feel more productive when working from home.
4. Move your team to a co-working space (for smaller teams)
Co-working spaces are popping up all over the world. Many have offices to rent within them, which could work out cheaper than your current office. Co-working spaces are usually a hugely positive place to work, as you’re surrounded by SMEs and freelancers that are doing something they love.
Not only are they good for keeping stress at bay, there are endless network opportunities too.
5. Stop multitasking
It’s a common cliche to see “I’m great at multitasking” written on a CV, but recent research has shown that multitasking drains our productivity. It uses up the oxygenated glucose in our brain – the vital fuel we rely on to get things done!
Ask staff to leave their phones switched off while they are at work, which may not be a popular decision but ultimately, their work will be a lot easier as constant distractions and task juggling will only slow them down.
6. Make time to catch up with staff
Some staff are too reliable for their own good: they might be deeply frustrated by some of the tasks that they keep being asked to do, but they don’t let anyone know about it. Taking a few minutes, when you have them, to have a quick chat with employers goes a long way.
Praising their achievements, asking about any frustrations they are facing, and just having a general catch up will stop a lot of problems from building up.
7. Encourage healthy habits
Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is to take a break. Our brains start to switch off when we’re parked in our chairs for too long. Brain scans have shown how drastically different our brains look after a 20-minute walk.
A short burst of exercise fills the brain with feel-good chemicals that help keep the stress away, so let staff know that they don’t need to stay glued to the same spot all day – regular breaks boost spirits and productivity.
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