Listed below are the 10 most common causes of stress in the workplace:
- Being given too much work
- Unrealistic deadlines
- Not being paid enough for the hours worked/duties performed
- Work-life balance
- Fear of missing targets
- Expected to work more hours than contracted too
- Poor working relationships
- Bullying or harassment
- Fear of redundancy
- Lack of control over work activities
So how can you deal with it? Well, start by showing signs that you really care.
Speak to your employees: try to get them talking in a relaxed setting outside the office and show real concern for their welfare.
Make small changes to help them out – it will foster a sense of trust that you may be willing to listen when there is a larger problem. While still challenging them, be careful to keep goals realistic.
Encourage an atmosphere where employees can tell their peers about things that aren’t working or make suggestions for improvements (keep it anonymous if necessary). Make sure the good ideas get acted upon or problems dealt with – very publicly – so that everyone knows you respect the process. This will build confidence that you take their views seriously, and if something can’t be solved, make sure you explain why.
Remember that employees can be stretched more when they feel listened to and respected as people. They will work harder for you, and it will benefit you, your employees and the company.
If you have any issues with stress in the workplace, give HR Revolution a call +203 531 5388 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, we are here to help.