Picture this – your team have smiley faces, they are happy and eager to complete their tasks, and they excited about the company they work for. That statement exudes peace and tranquility, doesn’t it? Everyone going about their work and no broken links in the chain benefits everyone in terms of productivity and profitability for your business.
A stress free work environment encourages employees to work at their full capacity. Management and team leaders can do a lot to create a healthy work environment for employees. It doesn’t have to be big things to have an impact. There are many benefits of a stress free work environment, here are a few examples to give you some ideas.
Be a Good Communicator
A good communicator is adept at listening and managing his or her emotions and considers the thoughts and feelings of the other person. Conversely, a person with poor communication skills actually makes a situation worse by causing confusion which leads to stress in the workplace. Polished communication skills will enable you to convey your thoughts more clearly so that your message is received without creating confusion. What you say, the way you say it and your tone has a huge impact on the person you’re talking to.
For example – if an employee makes a mistake or completes a task incorrectly, conveying your frustration in a derogatory manner is not going to get the job done correctly. Or perhaps it will, but the employee may call in sick the next day. You’ve probably heard the old adage ‘You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar’, so instead, a more productive way to get convey your thoughts would be to inquire if he or she had the proper tools and understanding of the project at hand.
A Clean and Organized Workplace Promotes a Stress Free Work Environment
When you have to constantly walk past a workstation, table, room or what have you that’s always cluttered with books, papers, office equipment, etc., it can feel as though you’re having to fight your way through and by the time you reach your own workspace you’re mentally exhausted and too frustrated to work. A clean and organized workplace not only promotes a stress free work environment, but it also inspires a feeling of freedom – free to be all you can be because you can focus on your work.
Promote Work Life Balance
We all have a life beyond the office. There are doctor appointments, kids to drop off at school, unexpected home and appliance repairs, and other personal needs. To expect otherwise is just impractical. With today’s technologies, telecommunicating and other remote methods are essential to a stress free work environment and can help solve your business absenteeism rate.
Give Your Employees a Voice
Respecting what employees have to say can create a stress free work environment and a more productive workplace. By giving people a voice, you’re giving them a chance to contribute and if you listen and act on those contributions, they can not only boost workplace satisfaction, create trust between employee and management, but can have a positive impact on your business’ bottom line.
When people know their ideas are heard and valued, they are often more dedicated to their work, more engaged at work and their performance improves. When employee satisfaction rises, they are more likely to to remain loyal to your company. And that translates into lower employee turnover and more stability for your business.
Take a Break!
Taking a break at work makes you a happier and better employee. Many businesses including small businesses have access to fitness and meditation areas where employees can relax, refresh and stimulate their mind and body to relieve stress. But you don’t have to have a specific exercise area; there’s the big open outdoors where you can take walks and stretch. This is essential for some industries such as web design and other industries whose jobs entails sitting and working on a bright computer screen for most of the day.
Wrapping It Up
Well, that’s it for this article. I hope these tips will be helpful in promoting a stress free work environment for your business. What are some things you’ve implemented in your business to support the health and wellbeing of your employees? Employee surveys, perhaps?