Long-term stress is harmful to your employees.
It can lead to health concerns, and anxiety and depression, in addition to negative work experience and decreased productivity. Worst case scenario, on-the-job stress can lead to concerns for you, as well—like turnover and the costs associated with replacing employees. But you may be unaware your employees are under stress, or what situations at work are causing them to feel stressed out. So, what can you do as an employer to maintain a harmonious workplace?
Good Communication is Key
It all starts with communication. With that in mind, consider the following tips from one of the leading staffing agencies in Savannah GA—Happy Faces Personnel Group.
Regular 1:1 Meetings
Keep up with your employees through regular conversations. You can learn more about what they’re facing, their impression of their workload, any help they need and how they feel. By making a point to talk with each employee individually, you can get a good impression of what it’s like to work for your company.
Your employees have personal lives outside of work, with commitments to family, friends, appointments, pets, home, etc. Every day doesn’t always fit neatly into the same eight hours. By talking with your staff about their needs for balance, you can help them make time for both work and personal responsibilities.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Sometimes when life gets to be too difficult, it can help to have someone to talk to. EAP services provide counselors to help your workers through bumps in the road of life. Let them know this service is available by including information in their benefits packet, in breakrooms or on the company intranet.
Everyone needs a vacation, no matter how dedicated they are to their job. By providing your workers with adequate levels of paid time off (PTO) and encouraging them to take a vacation, you can do a lot to help them manage work stress.
Pure and simple, breaks are mandatory. If you notice workers attempting to skip breaks due to a large workload, remind them of the importance of taking a breather and be sure they comply.
Ask Your Workers What they Need
When you talk to your staff, find out what is causing workplace stress and what they suggest could be changed to make it better. Your employees have a better handle on the daily goings on of your business because they experience it firsthand. You can learn a lot from them about how to make your business a great place to work!
Need to Staff Up?
Sometimes, working with a skeleton crew can be causing stress for your employees. But it doesn’t have to! When it’s time to add staff, check out Happy Faces Personnel Group. To learn more, contact us today!