The first thing you need to do as a manager to reduce stress in the workplace is to recognise it from an as individual as well as an organisational level. This includes knowing when and how it affects you because one thing is guaranteed … if you’re stressed it will have a knock-on effect.
Spot the symptoms
Stress manifests itself in a variety of ways, but symptoms may include changes in behaviour such as… smoking or drinking more, being unable to sleep, a change in eating habits. Or you may become indecisive, lose concentration, become irritable, angry or anxious, or start feeling tired and listless. Stress can also be the underlying cause of aching muscles, headaches, stomach problems, high blood pressure and palpitations……Click here to continue reading
Lead by example
It is important to ensure that on a company-wide level all possible actions are being taken to reduce work-related stress with improved work practices and management techniques. It is also important to take smaller, more immediate actions on a daily basis: encourage your staff to make small lifestyle changes and lead by example.
Measure – Know your numbers
How many of your staff suffer with stress and how stressed are they? find out with our free stress test cards email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you some!
Invest in Wellbeing
Acknowledging stress and having positive attitudes towards it in the workplace ensures an open and positive response to it. It gives people ‘permission’ to be stressed.
All too often, employees are too afraid to mention the ‘S’ word in case it is treated as a sign of weakness. By taking the initiative, introducing a few simple ideas, and leading by example, you can start the attitude adjustment from the ground up. The advice may be obvious, and you may have heard it all before (excuse the pun) but it can’t be stressed enough!