Stress has been named the silent killer, and it can also cause many problems and issues along the way. Stress can open the doors to infections and viruses as well as lead to mental illnesses. This is because when the body is under stress the immune system weakens.
If your employees suffer high levels of stress in their place of work you will see mood swings happening, increased sick periods being taken, and a general unwellness of the individuals involved. However, there are some things that you can do to reduce the stress levels that your workforce is feeling.
#1 Ensure Continuous Training is in Place
Most businesses offer minimal training and often once it has been completed the employees are pretty much left to get on with their roles and muddle through any changes that then happen, or seek the help of one another. This can be stressful not only for the employee who finds themselves struggling but also for the ones who have to stop what they are doing to help out.
However, by offering continuous training procedures and enforcing them you will find that your employees start to relax. This is because you are showing an interest, and they will also know more about what they are doing and what is expected of them.
#2 Invest in Modern Technologies
You should invest in some modern and up-to-date technologies. Although there is always going to be a superior piece of hardware on the market to one that you currently have due to the progression in technology, there is no excuse for expecting your employees to work with old, out-of-date computers or monitors.
This is very much the same with software. The attitude of making do with old software that is either incompatible, overloaded, or falls short of the job that it was brought to do, is both irritating and frustrating for those employees that have to use them. No doubt it costs you more in worker hours and worker stress levels than purchasing more up-to-date versions would in money.
#3 Provide the Right Technical Support
Unless you have been through it, you will never understand the stress and torment of having your computer system crash on you for what appears like no reason. Of course, this always happens when you are part-way through your work (and therefore haven’t saved it) with a deadline looming.
Providing your employees with a good IT Support Company to contact should this happen can alleviate some of the stress and tension. Indeed, having that calm voice on the other end of the phone saying it is all fixable can be music to the ears as well as bring the deadline back into the realms of reality.
#4 Keep Information Flowing
Keeping your workforce well informed on what is happening within the company is a particularly good idea, for instance, you could cover orders in place, praise to be given, general feedback to employees, plus any other business news. These sorts of notifications should be conducted regularly and should be verbal rather than a small note written and placed on a notice board or the odd email sent to your employees.
This is because the written word can be misconstrued, or missed altogether. The tone of the voice and the look in the eye as well as accompanying body language will ensure that messages are received loud and clear.