If highly motivated and high energy employees are what you would like your business to employ, then you need to reduce work-place stress significantly by investing in the workplace atmosphere and facilities. Research confirms that if your employees are stressed then that will cost you even more money in missed workdays and increased on-the-job injuries over both the short term and the long term.
Your business may be experiencing lower productivity and poor quality of output in addition to the negative repercussions of having stressed out employees. With a few cost effective strategies, you could provide your employees with opportunities to reduce other stress related problems and minimize stress on the job.
Keep reading to learn the 6 ways increase the output of your business and reduce stress for your employees.
An attractive and comfortable work environment should be provided whenever possible to reduce stress. Pleasant surroundings can do more for a person’s attitude then we often realize. Create a less formal atmosphere by adding plants or improved decoration, even if that is just in a rest room it will help.
Supplying a quiet room for your employees to take their breaks in is a good idea. This room should be separate from the normal hustle and bustle of the work place and it doesn’t include the canteen or games room. If your employees are experiencing any work related stress, then they will have the opportunity to take a quick 10 minute break.
Instead of giving orders 100% of the time try to create opportunities for employees to make decisions that will directly affect their job performance. Because they will feel like they have some control, this will give them a sense of personal power and less stress.
Besides thanking your employees for the work they’ve accomplished, you also need to recognize them for exemplary performance. A quick thank you will go a long way in reducing complaints and stress. You will be rewarding sub-standard activities unless you only thank the workers who have really done well.
Choosing ergonomically sound equipment, tools, and furniture is what you can do. These will make work easier for your staff, reduce workplace injuries and therefore limit any compensation claims. Besides reducing workplace stress, staff will be more productive if they have the correct tools.
Go out of your way to create opportunities for the employees to meet, socialize and build relationships away from work. Once a week, you can set up a bowling team from work or maybe a football team or book club for employees only.
When staff realize you have their interests in mind and are doing all you can to improve working conditions they will respond and you will see an improved atmosphere and productivity.