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Ensuring your staff don’t get stressed

Work-stress

It’s unavoidable that you’re going to get stressed at some point during your working lifetime. Tight deadlines, bigger workloads, complicated customers. These can all be a mixture of disaster if you don’t have the right support from your employer.

While you of course want to focus on your own wellbeing at work, as an employer you have a duty to protect and care for your staff too

It’s definitely not an easy task, it’s predicted that half a million workers suffer from work-related stress every year., it can be difficult to take on such a responsibility.

So, to try and help you out, we have some advice on what you can do to ensure your staff don’t get stressed.

Look out for the signs

First of all, it’s vital that you understand the signs of stress. Not every worker will sit there tearing their hair out, some may choose to suffer in silence. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need your support. Any good employer should notice when their employees aren’t acting themselves. So, try to consider the signs that suggest your staff members are feeling stressed

Possible signs

Tiredness

Perhaps they noticeably look exhausted or complain that they haven’t been sleeping well. It’s certainly worth checking on this to understand whether stress is impacting their sleep and if there’s anything you can do as an employer to help.

Powerlessness to focus

Mainly if they’re usually very switched on. When we have a lot on our minds, it can be problematic to focus on the task in hand and it might take your employee longer to complete different tasks.

Drop in productivity

If your employees’ level or quality of work starts to drop, rather than losing your temper about it, consider what might be causing the issue and assist them.

Unpredictable behaviour

When we’re stressed, it can be difficult to think and act reasonably. So, if an employee’s behaviour seems changeable, sit them down and ask them about it, rather than jumping to assumptions

Working longer hours

A revealing sign that someone is overworked and overstressed is if they’re working longer hours than normal. Perhaps they’re the first one in the office and the last one out. Either way, be sure to pick them up about it if this happens

Catch-up regularly

A good way to make sure that you’re continuously offering support to your employees is by simply catching up with them on a steady basis. Nowadays, a conversation about how they’re getting on and their overall performance simply can’t be limited to once a year.

Instead, ongoing career conversations are very important. So, try to set aside some time once a month to discuss how they’re getting on. This is also great for ensuring they’re staying on top of their career development plan.

Offer support

If your employee admits they’re struggling and feeling stressed, the ball is then in your court to help them during this period of time. Sometimes, it can be as simple as dividing up their workload between other team members to take the pressure off them a little bit

So, try to get to the route of the problem and then discuss the options available to them. There’s plenty of professional support out there, which can be useful if you don’t have a very big HR department.

Ensure your staff don’t get stressed

As an employer, it can be quite difficult to safeguard your staff from getting stressed. After all, you’re only human and you can’t control people’s emotions. There are steps you can take to ensure you’re supporting them to the best of your ability.

So, keep an eye on your staff members’ wellbeing. Please ensure that they know you’re there to support them if they need it and always try to lead by example. That way, you’ll stand a much better chance of retaining your top talent.

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