Employee stress can be a worry, do you know what to do?

We all know that when our employees get stressed out, it affects their productivity, happiness, and ultimately: the company. Employee stress is something which all business owners and managers should look to minimise, mainly for the effects on the company, but do you think about your staff wellbeing?

Have you got a plan to protect your staff from employee stress?

Having a plan for the health of your staff can have far-reaching results, especially if you want to create a strong and dedicated workforce. Did you know that more than half a million workers were recorded as suffering from work-related stress in the UK in 2016/17? Absences, attributed to employee stress, from work added up to more than 12.5m days missed over the same period and the financial impact is huge to the UK economy, not least to the companies who are affected directly.

Those companies which plan ahead and put procedures in place to mitigate stressful times for their staff, tend to have a lower employee turnover and higher loyalty from their staff. Identifying when employees are likely to have higher levels of stress is a good start. Higher work demand, longer hours, and the need for more resources are flashpoints, and thinking of incentives, rewards, and ways of reducing the effect of higher demand, are all great ways of helping to lower stress levels.

The solution is simple

Our clients have found that by managing breaks, holidays and workloads, they can help to keep their staff healthy. We regularly go into some of our clients’ workplaces and by taking them away from their workstation for 10 minutes whilst we massage their shoulders and neck, we can get them to refocus on their work. The 10 minutes away from their desk can help them to clear the tension and reduce their stress levels to manageable amounts. The result is usually a happier, calmer employee who is more productive. Happier staff generally have better attendance levels and contribute to a great atmosphere for the other members of staff.

There are lots of ways that you can help your staff manage their stress and create a happy workplace. To learn more about this, get in touch with us and we will see what might work for you.

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