The Chaotic Mind: How to Eliminate Stress in The Workplace

A successful business needs to increase its revenue and continuously look for new ways to prosper. It can be a hectic environment to be in, for sure, and any profit-driven business owner knows to push their employees to perform their best and keep looking for new ways for innovation. While all of this is good for business, it can quickly backlash if you’re not able to encourage your team to keep a balanced lifestyle and find moments of peace during the day.

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As their leader, it’s your responsibility to foster a healthy work environment; this means an environment free from harmful stress and unhealthy mindsets, as well as a manager who knows how to value their employees’ mental health.

What can stress do to their health?

It’s needless to say that the physical and mental impact stress has on our health is bad for the individual, but some business owners seem to forget that it’s also bad for business. An employee who has lost his balance between work and play will quickly feel that the other aspects of his life are spiraling downwards.

He’ll return home to his family with a mind still clouded with work issues - and show up for work the following morning with all of the problems from home still on his mind. If this goes on for some time, your employee is at an increased risk for depression, chronic stress, and a sense of lost empowerment. It’s not just bad for business; it’s terrible news for their health.

What can I do for my employees?

When your team has a healthy balance between work and play, it will be easier for them to focus on their job. Plus, studies have found that employees who experience that the management tries to accommodate for a balanced lifestyle and encourage them to take care of themselves, have a better relationship with the management in general.

Most people prefer predictability and will feel less anxious if they know what their day is going to look like. Stress is inevitable when they’re uncertain about their future, as well as their work day in general - be alert and try to pick up on the signs if one of your team members are struggling. They might just need a bit of training or coaching to feel more secure and less stressed - which again means a happier and more reliable employee at work.

Make it easy for them to find ways of exercising during the workday, look at benefits that focus on employee financial wellbeing to eliminate the money stress-factor, and encourage them to socialise by hosting team outings. Try to keep their days of work as predictable as possible; consider outsourcing a new and challenging task rather than training an existing employee to do it - unless they’ve asked specifically for it themselves.

When every member of your team is up to date on their work, have a sense of trust in the management, and feel that their needs are being met, they’ll be able to focus on making your company flourish. It’s a different but much-needed take on modern leadership, and your employees will admire you for investing in their physical as well as mental health.

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