Do you ever find yourself wishing that your employees didn’t get stressed out so much? Perhaps you think to yourself that if they were less stressed, then they would be more productive. This is probably true.
But while you are willing to accept that stress impacts employee productivity, I’m wondering if you’re willing to accept a share of the responsibility?
I’m not saying that you should hold yourself responsible for all stress levels throughout your workforce. But as a business leader, you should be at least accepting that work is a leading cause of stress – and that you should absolutely be doing something about it.
90 percent of people attribute at least some stress and fatigue to work-related issues. We learned this during a survey we ran recently – you can read the full report here.
But while this certainly confirms that a lot of stress is work-related, it doesn’t do much to help us take responsibility. So I’d like to point you now to an excellent study by one of our competitors, Cascade HR. Their Stress Report 2016 identifies the following five issues as being the leading causes of work-related stress:
This puts you in a tough position. You can’t realistically ban deadlines, half workloads, double headcounts and remove all targets. And while some office politics can be tackled by positive team building activities, it’s something that ultimately, you can’t always control.
But there are a few things that you can do to turn your workplace into a more stress-free environment.
The Stress Report 2016 shows us that employees want things like flexible working, early finishes on Fridays, and a friendlier, more caring management style. If you’re going down the route of flexible working, you’ll want to consider cloud-based HR software (instead of desktop hr software)– this will help you stay connected with your workforce wherever they are. Just they need an internet connection on their device whether it is iphone, laptop, ipad or smartphone.
#But what I want to focus on for now is your personal management style.
Again, I’m not saying that you are personally responsible for all employee stress. But adopting a friendlier, more caring management style will certainly help. So here are five bad manager habits that you can start to break right now.
Nobody is perfect. And if you exhibit any – or all – of these habits, then it’s not the end of the world. Take it step by step, and you’ll notice a gradual improvement.
In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to beating your own stress at work:
I hope this helps you understand some of the things that cause stress in the workplace, and gives you some food for thought on how to beat it. Is there anything that you can suggest for creating a happier, more stress-free working environment?
Author: John Crowley - copywriter at peoplehr.com