According to research conducted by the charity, Mind,“work is the most stressful factor in people’s lives” and the survey found that stress at work is rising.
Although we try and alleviate stress from our lives, it is inevitable and unavoidable to remove it completely. However, there are ways of reducing stress and anxiety and below are some suggestions that employers and employees could benefit from considering:-
- Encourage regular breaks. Take a break every hour or so, take a short walk around the office, have a chat with someone instead of messaging or just make a cup of tea. The short break will help to reset you.
- Try to be flexible. Create a schedule to support the employee, show them you value and trust them, be open to discussing issues they may have and be approachable. You may well see a reduction in absence and increased productivity.
- Ask for help if you need it. If you don’t feel supported, talk about what’s on your mind and how you may be able to balance time.
- Set realistic goals together and be realistic about what can be achieved based on workload and time available.
- Offer impartial and confidential support for employees. Somewhere they can go and talk or ask for help if they feel that they are not able to internally. Research mindfulness and how it can be practiced.
- Look after your physical as well as your mental health. Stay hydrated, eat the right food and regularly to support your metabolism and energy. Remember food and mood are linked.
- Finally, don’t let life be your work. Take time to nurture other interests, socials and outside relationships.
Contact Your HR Help for more information on how you can reduce your workload, achieve your goals and take back some of your time.