How to stress less at work!

stress-less_infographic HOW TO STRESS LESS AT WORK!It’s nigh on impossible to avoid stress altogether in the workplace, so the key lies in your ability to manage it. This week, we thought we’d share BetterWorks’ infographic with tips on how you can manage your stress.

 

The most recent Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey, conducted by the Australian Psychological Society, found that working Australians reported significantly lower overall workplace wellbeing compared with workers in Europe. It also found that almost half of working Australians (47%) rated issues in the workplace as a source of stress.

 

So, what can you do as an employer? A growing body of research is pointing to the effectiveness of a more proactive approach to workplace stress reduction. Rather than issuing open-ended, maddeningly ambiguous platitudes to frazzled employees, employers and supervisors might be better served by adopting an empirical mindset to help identify and eliminate stress-causing practices and policies.

 

If you’re looking for some hard data to form the basis of a more realistic approach to stress reduction, here are a few resources that can be worth their weight in gold.

 

• Employee absence patterns. When do employees tend to miss the most work? Are absences clustered around holidays or deadlines?

• Productivity data. At what times of the day, week, month, and year are employees most and least productive?

• Turnover and attrition statistics. Is there a particular period when turnover and attrition seem to spike? Does this period coincide with major projects or any other significant event?

• Performance reviews. Although this information is likely to be more qualitative than quantitative, be sure to note any mention of stress that comes up in employee performance appraisals.

• Exit interviews. If your company’s exit interview process does not specifically address the issue of workplace stress, revise it to include at least one or two questions pertaining to the topic.

 

Armed with the information you mine from these data sources, you can begin to think about ways to tweak, refine, or eliminate the policies and practices that seem to be correlated with negative stress in your organisation. Empirical data cannot provide all of the answers, but when you’re trying to develop the most effective stress reduction program possible, it’s a good place to start.

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