Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month

Many of us experience stress on a daily basis; stress due to parenting, work or a draining commute can affect us all at some time in our lives.

Some of the leading causes of workplace stress are unmanageable workloads, a lack of control over work activities, minimal support, role ambiguity and work-life balance. Many employers are pro-actively looking at how they are contributing to this daily stress in the workplace and and providing tools for employees to better manage their daily lives.

It’s important to look at how your organization is structured in order to make some positive changes. Do you have enough staff to get the work done? Are employee objectives in line with the company goals for growth? Do employees have the tools they need to succeed?

The way employees do their work is also important; a lack of control in the way work is organized, performed and evaluated can be a source of stress. Many performance reviews are backward looking and can feel punishing putting a strain on relationships. Instead, implement frequent one to one touch points where both the manager and employee set goals together and agree on the required business outcomes.

Employees should be encouraged to challenge current practices and to develop skills to help them take on new challenges vs seeing it as adding to the current pile of things to do. Roles should be clearly defined so employees understand the scope and impact of their position.

There are many things companies can do to promote work life balance by fostering a culture of working “smart” not “long.” Respecting that time away from work is key to resting, recharging and re-engaging with your team is a smart move!

BlueFire HR can develop custom employee programs and strategies designed to meet your business needs. Reach out today and see how we can help! For more information, please contact us at hr@bluefirehr.com, 773-793-1362 or at 888-892-9597.

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