How to battle stress within your organisation.
Work-related stress and mental illness now account for over half of work absences, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
With unprecedented levels of stress being recorded in the workplace, equating to 15.4 million working days being lost due to stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18. This is an important issue that needs to be addressed and combatted by managers and leaders.
Top tips to combatting stress within your organisation
Here at Gradvert, we believe that alleviating stress and highlighting the importance of wellbeing is imperative and have instilled this by creating a one team mentality for all our employees, which is one of our values.
Sometimes, employees just need a chance to share what they are thinking and express their concerns.
To be an effective leader and help reduce stress, you can proactively demonstrate that you have an open door policy. This means listening to concerns with an open mind and helping to find solutions to the problems that are contributing to stress.
Practicing active listening is really effective if an employee knows that they can be honest and open and don’t have to worry about “not being perceived to be able to handle their jobs”, then stress should become less of an issue.
2. Encourage team bonding
In the work place, colleagues are often our support network. If a team is dysfunctional and doesn’t communicate well then there are bound to be problems that cause stress.
Strong teams generally have greater accountability and better communication amongst individuals as well as greater trust. If colleagues know they can rely on each other, and have good working relationships, interpersonal conflicts and other problems that can cause stress, diminish.
3. Allow flexible work schedules
While not practical for all businesses, allowing some flexibility in when and where they work can go a long way to reducing stress levels.
Often what causes stress isn’t necessarily the work itself but juggling all of life’s responsibilities. Allowing employees to work remotely or flexible working hours should help them maintain that balance more effectively, and keep stress levels low.
While employers cannot remove every possible stress factor, nor guarantee that work won’t be overwhelming from time to time, they can make changes to keep stress manageable.
Want to find out more? Check out our blog on ‘a beginners guide to wellbeing’ here.