What employers CAN DO to manage workplace stress?

Workplace stress can have a damaging impact on individuals as well as the wider business. It’s important that senior staff members do what they can to help minimise workplace stress. Here are some practical steps.

Always clarify your expectations — Stress sufferers require plenty of managerial support to help them overcome feelings of workplace anxiety, so always be prepared to clarify what’s expected of them and share any information or updates which may help them relax at their desk. Feelings of uncertainty are one of the biggest root causes of stress, and place additional pressure on employees, causing them undue panic and worry.

Involve your staff members in the decision-making process — While it’s important to maintain a company hierarchy, involving your staff in the basic decision-making process will alleviate stress and ensure they’re completely committed to the role. By involving staff in the process, you’ll open a healthy dialogue between colleagues, and provide a platform upon which people can express their worries and concerns, rather than bottling them up until they culminate in an unhealthy problem.

Make an effort to praise good performance — As a business leader or manager, it can be difficult to know when to give praise to employees — and even more difficult to find the time to do so. However, offering regular praise to your employees is a great motivator, providing positive encouragement that can help alleviate excess stress and pressure. This is particularly true of people who have only recently joined the business and will provide them with the much-needed reassurance that they’re doing a great job.

Find time for one-on-one communication — Making time to have one-on-one catch up meetings with your staff is one of the best ways to manage workplace stress and anxiety. Communication of this kind will not only lower their stress levels, it will provide useful insight into how individual members of your team think and work, helping you make improvements in the workplace that further reduce stress and anxiety.

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Entrepreneurship is much more than starting a business.

It’s a way of life, a boundless rush of adrenaline that transforms into a powerful obsession.

You can live the entrepreneurial spirit in the corporate workplace too. Though the conventional workplace still holds influence over an employee’s attitude and mindset, entrepreneurship is now becoming a corporate necessity and a compulsory part of an employee’s job profile.

No matter what position you hold in an organisation, seize the opportunity to be an entrepreneur and make your role your own. Recognise opportunity and find the value of taking risk. Thinking like an entrepreneur will enhance your role and prepare yourself for the future.

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Firstly, most people deny that they are stressed or affected by internal or external factors. Secondly, the most important thing that you have is not Money or other things, it is TIME. You can’t save it, you can’t stop it, and you will run out of it so why not learn how to use it properly. As the cost of stress to the employer continues to grow, organizations must recognize stress in their employees and train management to manage stress productively.

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