The positive signs of recovery are not just welcome news for the business owners but also for many employees, as work for many the past few years may have felt more like an emotional roller coaster. Restructure, budget cuts and redundancy have become bywords in the workplace, and the result is increased fear, uncertainty, greater work demand all resulting in and higher levels of stress.
So what can an employer do to reduce the likelihood of workplace stress?
Employer tips on tackling workplace stress
Conduct a risk assessment
Setting realistic tasks, workloads, and timescales
Highlighting the importance of open communication and that employees should feel that they can go to speak to them about problems openly
To clearly communicate to staff that work-related stress is not a personal problem, but an issue that the company takes seriously and is keen to address.
Send out a clear message that you take stress seriously
A clear definition of what stress is
A clear statement of the what the company intends to do to reduce the risk of stress in the workplace (risk assessment, training, counselling services)
Staff responsibilities in effective stress management (Line Managers, employees, and HR managers).