While the grass may seem greener on the other side from one business to the next, every business has its own type of stress related to operations. Even the smoothest running operation has its share of workplace stress which without management could lead to health risks down the road for employees. Managing stress can help prevent those risks and make the workplace even better.
As a business owner, you may wonder what you can do to help keep stress levels low for your employees. There are a few things you can do including:
- Contact your business insurance carrier’s loss control department for some help. It is in everyone’s best interest to keep stress down and your carrier’s loss control representatives are highly trained on preventing stress related accidents. They will be able to offer you suggestions based on your specific business scheme.
- Evaluate the workload and decide if it can be adjusted to reduce stress. For example, you may find that tweaking one employee’s schedule and rearranging another’s project due dates can make all the difference. Delegating the workload properly might be all you need.
- Listen to your employees. You may not see the problem unless you are made aware of it through your employees. Schedule regular meetings and ask for employee feedback.
- Take care of yourself. If you are stressed out, it is not only bad for your own health but could cause employees to follow your lead. Take care of your health, get enough sleep, eat healthy and lead by example.
- Offer healthy breaks and incentives. Take daily lunch break walks or sponsor a weekly softball game at a local park to keep everyone happy and healthy.
Reducing stress can help you and your employees reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and other health problems. Take action to reduce stress in the workplace.