Stress is considered one of the main underlying factors impacting employee engagement in the workplace. According to studies, around 25% of employees find it difficult to be productive at work when they are experiencing stress. The influence this can have on mental wellbeing and overall business success can be significant and yet it’s reported that only just over half (55%) of workers feel as though their companies put measures in place to help tackle the problem of stress in the workplace.
As a manager or business owner, it’s important to care for your employees when they’re feeling stressed and it should be considered in high regard when running your company. You can even put in place procedures that help to overcome or prevent the prospect of stress occurring with your workers.
There are a few broad ideas that you can put in place to help tackle the problem, but be sure to adapt the tips to your particular workforce. Some may work better than others or they may not be suitable at all. It’s all about ensuring the ones you put in place are effective for you and your team.
The majority of worker’s time is spent in the workplace, so you’d need to ensure that it’s a pleasant place for everyone to enjoy. Consider every little detail in your work environment, from the colour choice that you have, to little things like whether you have a coffee machine. These large and finer details can make a big difference to the engagement of your employees.
Wherever you can, if you have room to update the office and give it a little makeover. Could you brighten up the colour scheme? Add a few plants to the interior? Could you include some lunch break entertainment like a foosball or pool table? Any such items can help your employees to steer their mind away from work for a little while and think about things that aren’t making them stressed.