Anything from unreasonable deadlines and workloads to checking emails after work hours can contribute to employee stress. And it’s on the rise with recent studies like the one from Gallup revealing that 23 percent of full-time employees report feeling burned out at work very often or always.
With burnout causing sick days, reduced productivity, and turnover, it’s important for companies to get a handle on what’s contributing to their employees’ stress and how they can help alleviate it – or risk the impact to your bottom line.
While organizations can still have high expectations, here are five ways to make sure your employees don’t feel overwhelmed.
- Be Flexible: If long commutes, family commitments, or other issues outside of work are impacting employees, consider allowing them to work flexible hours or telecommute so they can schedule their time in a way that supports what’s important to them. And be sure to explain your leave policies so employees know their options if they plan to take some time away from the office.
- Communicate: Work is the second leading cause of stress so HR and management should invite employees to share their concerns about how their work is affecting them. Then offer ideas for support and explain what resources the company may make available, from fitness classes to an EAP, that can help them address their stress. Or collaborate on other solutions.
- Set a Good Example: While you may say it’s important for employees to strike a work-life balance, actions speak louder than words. Set a positive example by going home at a reasonable hour and leaving your work behind, meaning, don’t check email late at night. Talk about your personal interests outside of work. And take vacation days and completely unplug when you do.
- Offer Training: Some workers may feel unprepared to do their job well, which can cause anxiety. To help them feel more confident, provide ample opportunities for employees to learn from mentors or through training programs to gain added skills or knowledge. And encourage them to ask for feedback so they can understand exactly where they need to improve.
- Manage Well: A bad boss can create a tense environment. As a manager, make sure to avoid unfair treatment or favoritism. Deal with conflicts positively. Foster a supportive workplace rather than a competitive one. Set clear expectations. Offer ways for them to recharge throughout the day. And create a culture where employees want to be at work.
For assistance with stress management in your workplace, review our video above or contact Complete Payroll Solutions at 401-332-9325.