As I'm sure you know, the 28th of April is the World Day for Safety and Heath at Work.
Started by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), this year's theme is 'Workplace Stress: a collective challenge'.
You see, in today's fast-paced society, stress is a major health hazard, especially in the workplace.
So to help your employees cope with workplace stress, promote the following 2 management tips...
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Encourage very-busy employees to ease out their schedules, and to not take on too many jobs in the workplace.
Taking on too much work can increase stress levels, which can create forgetfulness and a decrease in the quality of work.
Also, remember that work-life balance is vital to the overall physical and mental well-beings of all your employees.
Not allowing your employees the time they deserve for themselves and their families is a sure way to not only increase their stress levels, but it could even cause severe depression!
Having too much flooding the mind at once, or having to mentally focus for extended periods of time, might be effective in the short run, but the long-term effects include increased stress, mental fatigue and, ultimately, a decrease in overall productivity and performance.
In an article from Scientific American,
research has shown that '…mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity'
What's more is that '[d]owntime replenishes the brain's stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.'
So encourage your employees to take short and regular breaks in which they get up, take a walk and replenish their systems with a glass of water and, for example, some fruit.
Remember: It's your responsibility to look out for your employees' health and safety in the workplace, and that includes seeking ways to reduce workplace stress.
Make use of our Toolbox Talk
on office stress by paging over to Chapter T 47
in your Health and Safety Advisor
Alternatively, you can click here
to order your copy today.