Many business owners face the common (and expensive) problem of employee stress and are unsure how to handle the issue. First of all, it’s important to know that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health defines job stress as “the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of a job do not match the capabilities, resources or needs of the worker.” As you probably do know, job stress can lead to several problems, including illness and injury, absenteeism, and higher health insurance costs.
Do you run your own business and find that your firm’s productivity is affected by employee stress and the resulting loss of productivity? Do you know how to reduce stress in your business and create a better environment?
Here are some guidelines:
- Improve personnel procedures and communications, leading to a more open and collaborative culture in the workplace.
- Be understanding if your employee admits to being under pressure, and help him or her look for solutions.
- Ensure that each staff member is properly trained for the position.
- Make sure your employees have sufficient support.
- Allow employees a measure of control over their work and working conditions.
- Prevent bullying and harassment.
- Act immediately to discover the cause if a staff member complains of being treated unfairly.
- Monitor the workforce for possible signs of stress.
- Provide a confidential advice/support service.
- Make sure employees take all the time off they have accrued for holidays, etc.
- Evaluate to ensure employees are well-matched to their jobs. The proper recruitment and selection procedures help you to do this.
- Review employee performance so that your staff member knows how he or she is doing. You’ll then be able to get feedback about potential problems and identify any training they need.
- Keep employees informed about the business direction and tell them about any major changes.
All of these measures go a long way to reduce workplace stress, improve morale, and increase productivity. If you need help looking for ways to reduce stress in the workplace, talk to the experts at Optimum Employer Solutions. We provide HR support so you can focus on running and growing your business.