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Four ways to help employees deal with work-related stress so it doesn't negatively affect your bottom line

by , 03 June 2013
According to the Health and Safety Advisor, work-related stress includes harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job don't match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. If unmanaged, jobs tress can lead to poor health and even injury for your employees. Read on to discover four tips you can use to help you employees deal with work-related stress before it affects company productivity.

If your workplace is riddled with potential stressors like noise pollution, impossible workloads, incompetent fellow employees and impossible managers, your employees are bound to be stressed.

Unfortunately for you, the costs of stress cuts both ways.

Your employee's stress can have serious health impairments, like the loss of capacity to cope with working and social situations. 'This can lead to less success at work, including loss of career opportunities and even employment,' warns the Health and Safety Advisor.
And the impact of stress on your company includes reduced productivity, absenteeism, higher medical costs and higher staff turnover

But you can nip this in the bud by helping your employees manage work-related stress better.

Help your employees manage work related stress using these four tips…

  1. Create a joint labour-management programme to implement anti-stress initiatives. 'Include lifestyle changes, correct ergonomics, exercise, nutritional awareness and alternative therapies in the occupational clinic,' advises the Health and Safety Advisor.
  2. Conduct stress assessments among your workers to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress early. If several signs and symptoms like a lack of productivity occur at once, you'll need to take anti-stress action (even if each of the signs and symptoms of stress may be a result of other factors).
  3. Properly identify the stressors causing high-stress situations. Assess work performance and personal problems that could be affected by stress. Ask your employees to express their concern about any situation that may be causing them stress at work. Hold regular meetings to promote communication and air grievances constructively.
  4. Make use of a social worker or implement an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to provide training and skills in stress management. This programme, for example, can help teach your employees what to do following a traumatic experience like a robbery or assault.

Use these tips to help your employees deal with work-related stress before it affects company productivity.

Turn to chapter S08 of your Health and Safety Advisor to read about the nine signs of unhealthy stress and how you can help your employees deal with stress.



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