Working in a busy office environment can sometimes feel challenging, and as an employer, you have a duty of care to the health and welfare of your team.
If they suffer from stress, not only could this impact your staff attrition or attendance rate, but you could also suffer a costly Employers Liability claim under your Office Insurance policy.
Stress Impacts People Differently
Whether you’re dealing with a demanding client or performing important, high-pressure tasks, people may begin to feel stressed about their job.
Stress doesn’t just decrease performance in the job role; it can start to affect someone’s personal life and lead to serious health conditions.
When you neglect to take steps to combat work-related stress, you are risking an employee’s mental and physical health as well as impacting their success at their job.
How To Recognise Stress
Look out for early symptoms of stress and take steps to relieve them quickly.
If you let them go unchecked, these symptoms can develop into more serious health complications such as heart problems, depression and anxiety.
Be wary of the following stress symptoms:
- Short temper
- Upset stomach
- Sore back
- Job dissatisfaction
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased errors
Adapt Your Working Habits
Changing the way you work can help to relieve some sources of stress. Consider implementing these tips:
Begin with your most important or pressing tasks. Concentrate on other tasks only when you have finished.
#2 Job Roles & Expectations
Make sure you are clear about the definition of roles and responsibilities. Take time to explain these to your team and conduct regular 1-to-1’s to ensure you are listening.
#3 Stay Organised
When you keep everything in its place, you save yourself and your co-workers time and risk of distraction.
#4 Staff Harmony
Anticipate possible disagreements with co-workers and plan how you will calmly deal with them.
#5 Stay Balanced
A successful employee can balance work with their personal life. Follow these tips to maintain this important balance.
- Make time for friends and family
- Live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eat well and sleep at least eight hours a night.
- Spend time on outside hobbies, interests or passions. This will help you detach from the work environment and reduce your stress.
Managing Your Risk
Reassess your teams’ performance and the working environment regularly. Being approachable and available for regular feedback will make your employees feel more valued and comfortable in sharing their feelings.
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