Is unmanaged stress causing problems in your workplace?
It most likely is! According to research, a third of the US population deals with extreme stress.
Stress impacts all aspects of life, including health, relationships, and work. So, even if you do not see the issues directly, they most likely impact how your workers perform.
Keep reading to learn the seven key benefits of implementing a stress management program for your employees.
1. Healthy Employees
Stress can wreak havoc on humans. It can manifest in many forms, such as headaches, stomach aches, neck and back pain, and other subtle – and not so subtle – symptoms.
While these symptoms may seem like they come out of the blue, they are very real and can be detrimental to anyone. Stress increases cortisol in the body, a hormone which triggers an inflammatory response. Inflammation leads to pain and other potential issues when it occurs chronically.
With all of this happening in the body, a person's immune system does not function properly. This, in turn, makes them more susceptible to falling ill.
How does this impact the workplace, though?
For starters, an employee who does not feel well likely won’t perform well either. They may also take more sick days, leaving you short-staffed.
With lowered immunity, they may even bring illnesses to work with them. This increases the likelihood of others falling ill as well. Bringing stress management skills into the workplace is a great place to start to help everyone stay healthy.
2. Happy Employees
Chronic stress greatly impacts emotional health as well. Many people who feel chronically stressed may also suffer from anxiety, depression, and insomnia, to name a few.
Employee stress will eventually affect morale in the workplace. When people feel stressed or overwhelmed, they tend not to feel motivated to do anything... let alone perform at work.
If someone is experiencing anxiety, depression, fatigue, or any other side effect from stress, it makes focusing on the task at hand more difficult than usual. If you help your employees manage their stress, they will likely feel better as a result, and from there, you can increase their overall productivity.
Moods are contagious! While misery seeks company, most people are drawn to those who are easy to get along with.
3. Workspace Communication
When employees feel stressed out, they may not communicate well. Stress can make people feel scattered, and that will be evident h in emails and face-to-face communication.
Helping employees manage their stress levels will help them think more clearly. Clearer thinking leads to better teamwork and communication.
What skills do you look for in an employee?
Most jobs require focus, drive, attention to detail, organization, communication, and leadership skills. While small amounts of stress that come from a healthy workload may heighten these skills, chronic stress can diminish them if left unmanaged.
Simply put, frazzled employees will not get as much work done. The work that they do complete will not reflect their best efforts, because they are attempting to multitask with internal turmoil.
In an ideal work situation – whether remote or in-office – collaboration happens, ideas are shared respectfully and work is completed on time. However, when several individuals come together and they are all feeling stressed for different reasons, it becomes more difficult to navigate working relationships, and sometimes, good teamwork and successful outcomes are sacrificed.
Stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system, the branch of the autonomic nervous system that governs the fight or flight response.
This makes us vigilant to oncoming danger by heightening our ability to react. Unfortunately, it also makes us more likely to react rather than respond, even in normal situations.
When people begin to react instead of respond, more problems arise in the workplace. Managing stress can help ease tension and reactivity, ultimately helping employees make problem-solving a much easier task.
6. Reduced Mistakes
When workers feel strained, their attention gets split in multiple directions. If the task at hand does not receive their full focus, mistakes will likely occur.
Consistent mistakes, even small ones, can greatly set back a project and amplify stress for other people in the workplace. Helping your employees manage stress will help operations run smoother by eliminating some avoidable mishaps.
7. Employees Feel Valued
Everybody wants to feel valued and appreciated by their employer. Showing that you value your team makes your company more desirable to work for. Offering a stress management program shows that you care about the well-being of the people who work for you and that you strive to keep them healthy. An environment like this is not only beneficial to current employees, but it's also appealing to prospective hires.
What Does Stress Management Entail?
There are a number of ways that you can go about managing stress at work, but it’s important to choose a method that best suits your business.
Bringing in a keynote speaker that your employees can relate to may be one way to help manage stress. Having an expert explain their experience and how they managed it can help your workers feel understood and inspire them to implement the changes suggested by the speaker.
Alternatively, hiring professionals to conduct a stress management workshop may take a day from work, but it will help increase productivity overall. Our Stress-Away workshops help people understand the fundamental stressors and how the body responds to stress. They also offer tools to manage stress and give participants time to practice during the webinar.
You can also customize a program that pinpoints the biggest problem areas in your workspace. For instance, lack of organization and miscommunication will hinder production. Developing a program that focuses on those issues with a schedule that works for your business can manage stress indirectly by making everything flow better at work.
Offering employee retreats may also help everybody in the office manage their stress as well as give them another opportunity to bond and form friendships.
Begin Your Stress Management Program
Stress management is imperative for health, overall wellbeing, and productivity. Show your employees that you value them and give your business a boost by offering a workplace stress management program for your entire team.
Explore our stress management program today to learn more about how our transformative stress management training can benefit your business.