How to recognise and deal with stress in your workplace

We all find ourselves in stressful situations every now and then, but if it infiltrates a business, it can cause problems with the wellbeing of a workforce.

Now, we aren’t talking about the usual work stresses that are just a momentary feeling. It’s the anxiety which can cripple an employee and make going to work a nightmare for someone.

As an employer, it’s vital you look after the mental state of your employees, so you can build a happy and thriving business. Events such as National Stress Awareness Day are just one of the things being done now to highlight the importance of good wellbeing in a business.

So, how can you approach stress in the workplace?

Be in the know


If you want to tackle stress in the workplace, you need to be aware of the most appropriate ways.

Take the time to do some research on the signs to look out for and how you go about helping your employee. Organisations such as Mind, Health and Safety Executive and Time to Change, have great resources you can read to gain more knowledge, and to find out what events/courses you could attend.

Create the right office environment


Naturally, it’s hard for anyone to stand up and admit the problems that are affecting them, but it can be made more difficult if they’re in a business culture where expressing worries is against the norm.

Keep an open line of communication between you and your employees, making the importance of good wellbeing a topic which is openly discussed. If you have managers reporting into you, make sure they’re aware of the policies you put in place, and that they don’t just focus on monitoring their work targets.

Promote a good work-life balance


Running a successful business is obviously important to any SME owner, but the wellbeing of those you employ should also be a high priority. It seems obvious, but make sure your employees know it’s ok to take holidays, go out for their lunch or leave at the time they’re meant to.

Yes, at some point someone will work later to meet a deadline or have a quick lunch so they can continue with their project, but no one should feel they will be penalised if they don’t.

To help promote work-life balance, organise business wide initiatives such as BBQ lunches in the summer or team building days, so your employees know you care about them beyond their job title.

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