Stress Management Tools for Employees

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Employees stressed? Look for the cake to find proof!

Curious if your office is stressed out? Just take a quick jaunt around cubical-ville and be on the lookout for:

  • Lots and lots of coffee cups or soda
  • Desks in disarray
  • Stress balls all over the desk
  • Chocolate – lots of chocolate

Now, this might be exaggerating a little bit, but you can typically tell if your employees are stressed out. Arguments breaking out more often throughout the office? Do your employees look weary and tired? Are more people taking sick time for doctor’s appointments or to stay home? All signs point to an over-stressed office.

Managing Stress Due to Workload

We understand the inevitability of stress around the workplace. Especially when there’s an RFP due within the week, or a million deadlines all landing on the same date. Plus, there are some stresses your employees will carry that have nothing to do with work. Marriages, kids, pets chewing up new leather sofas – all of that kind of stuff combined with busy workloads leads to an overload on stress.

It’s no secret that a healthy employee with little stress is going to be healthier, and ultimately more productive. So, find ways to help manage the stress of your employees. There are some things you can do as an employer. There are also some ideas you can give employees for managing their own stress levels.

Lowering Stress Around the Office

Want to lower stress around your office? You may not eliminate it completely, but you can make some changes to your workplace that will help lighten spirits and brighten outlooks. Some ideas include:

  • Create an atmosphere of open communication around the office; be accessible to your employees.
  • Communicate deadlines clearly and with enough notice (when possible)
  • When working in teams, make sure the team keeps one another in “the loop” on everything happening
  • Encourage employees to improve time management skills.

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Helping Employees Manage Stress

Stress is part of life, and it will always be. To go one step further in helping employees manage stress, consider giving them some of these great resources:

  • Relaxation techniques (including music!)
  • If they’re experiencing financial stress, encourage them to use a program like mint.com for budgeting.
  • RemembertheMilk.com can help them keep track of to-dos and receive reminders
  • Bring in a Yoga Instructor to the office for an afternoon

These are just a few ways to help employees manage stress. Employee wellness hinges on the ability to effectively manage stress, regardless of the source. When your employees are managing stress well, you’ll see less turn-over and less chocolate. And believe it or not, that’s probably a good thing.

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