Stress and work can often go hand in hand, so what can you do to get rid of it? If you are in a position of power within your company/team, there are some techniques you can use to keep the office a stress-free environment. These techniques generally revolve around the same thing – giving your team members their lives back, outside of work.
First of all, it is important to see if stress is affecting your workforce. Tell-tale signs include: increase in sickness absence, poor performance, disputes between team members, increase in complaints and high staff turnover.
Tackle your stress problem with a four-part policy:
1. Make it compulsory for employees to leave work by 6pm – any exceptions to this rule must be approved by you.
2. Ban work-related texts or emails after 8pm. Encourage your team members to set up an auto-reply that kicks in at 8pm.
3. Ban work-related texts or emails over the weekend or when a team member is on leave – these times should be reserved for relaxation and rejuvenation.
4. When you’re on leave – delegate. To ensure productivity stays high when a key team member is on leave, ensure a handover and delegation process takes place.
Forcing people to work less may seem counterproductive at first, but in reality it forces your team to work smarter and prioritise. It will promote efficiency and empower your employees. It also means your employees can develop outside interests and hobbies, while allowing them to feel refreshed after time off. Overall this can only lead to a healthier, happier workforce.
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