6 Ways to Decrease Employee Stress and Increase Productivity

If you’d like your business to employ highly motivated and high-energy level employees, making an investment in the workplace atmosphere and facilities will help to reduce workplace stress significantly.  Research confirms that if your employees are stressed, 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.

In addition to the negative repercussions of having stressed out employees, your business may be experiencing lower productivity and poor quality of output.  It’s both clear and obvious that some very cost effective strategies could minimize stress on the job and provide your employees with opportunities to reduce other stress related problems.

Below is a list of 6 ways in which you can help your company reduce stress for your employees while increasing the output of your business:

  1. Provide an attractive and comfortable work environment whenever possible to reduce stress.  Pleasant surroundings can do more for a person’s attitude than we often realize.  Create a less formal atmosphere by adding plants or improved decoration, even if it’s just in a rest room, it’ll help.
  2. Supply a quiet room for your employees to take their breaks in; this room should be separate from the normal “hustle and bustle” of the workplace. It’ll give your employees an opportunity to take a quick 10 minute break from work and any work related stress they may be experiencing.
  3. Instead of giving orders 100% of the time, try to create opportunities for employees to make decisions that will directly affect their job performance. This gives them a sense of personal power and less stress because they feel as if they have some control.
  4. Thank your employees for work accomplished and recognize them for exemplary performance. A quick thank you will go a long way in reducing complaints and stress. Be genuine and only thank your employees when they’ve done well; otherwise, you’ll be rewarding sub-standard activities.
  5. Always choose ergonomically sound equipment, tools, and furniture. These will make work easier for your staff, reduce workplace injuries, and therefore, limit any compensation claims. In addition, workplace stress will be reduced and staff, equipped with the correct tools, will be more productive.
  6. Go out of your way to create opportunities for the employees to meet, socialize, and build relationships away from work.  Set up a work bowling team where you gather and play once a week or maybe a softball team, or even a book club, for employees only.

When your staff realizes you have their interests in mind and are doing all you can to improve working conditions, they’ll respond and you’ll see an improved atmosphere and productivity.

 

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