Stress in the workplace is as harmful to employees as second-hand smoke. Work stress can stem from many causes: long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflict with colleagues. Not only does this have detrimental effects on the individual, but to the organisation that is at risk of a decrease in employee morale and productivity.
Here’s what you can do to reduce stress in the workplace:
Ensure all employees are aware of their job role and tasks for the day. Have a quick five-minute team meeting each morning to share big points for the day and keep everyone on the same page.
Keep an eye on your colleagues and be mindful of their workloads. Sometimes just asking a co-worker if they need help will make them feel better and more supported by the team.
Don’t apply undue pressure
No good comes from making demands or setting deadlines which can’t be met. When setting a goal to ensure it is measurable, achievable, and time-bound.
Keep an eye on your colleague’s mental health. Has there been a change in their behaviour or are they complaining more often than usual?
Stop and think. What could be the contributing factor to your stress and where did it all begin? Is there a certain job that you need more help with or do you need to spend more time outside?
Form a plan of action to rectify the situation. This could be as simple as setting up daily meetings, or starting a shared jobs drive. Talk to your colleagues and formulate a plan that will best suit the needs of your team.