Work is stressful all around. According to Monster’s Workplace Stress survey in April 2014, it was found that forty-two percent of respondents left a job due to office stress. After a long day, many people want to go home and watch television to relax. Others might go see a movie with a group of friends. Either way, you may experience heavy doses of anxiety because of the stress within the workplace. While you may be stressed to the brim if you run your own business, your employees are likely stressed too. If your employees are feeling overworked, it may be a good idea to look for ways to reduce your anxiety, as well as the fatigue your employees are trying to work through. Stress can lead to substance abuse, and you may not want stress to lead to those problems.
Here are four ways to not only make a difference in your life but the lives of your employees too.
1.) Getting to Know One Another. Likely one of the easiest things to do within your first months of employment, you may not have been social when you first began work at your company. Work is always the priority in business and that might have been the main focus. By having meetings between you and your employees, you not only get to know one another on a friendly level but you pick up one another’s rhythms. You understand what is bothering one another and that can clear the air for any confusion that might arise during a misunderstanding. All of that can be avoided by taking the time to get to know each other.
2.) Challenging Them. One of the biggest things that might become boring in a workplace is doing the same thing over and over again. If your employees are not engaged and interested in what they are doing, you are less likely to get the best work out of them. According to a Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey in October 2012, the top driver of satisfaction in the modern day workplace is the use of skills and abilities. Job security has declined as the reason for people being happy at work. Your employees may want to learn new things and participate in company-wide projects. This can certainly better the relationship between the two of you.
3.) Team Building Activities. Having events outside the workplace can increase the satisfaction employees receive from their jobs. The goal of these activities is for them to be fun. They might be going out for a company-wide dinner. Maybe; you all go bowling together one night. The purpose is for everyone to let their guard down and get to know one another. When those friendships are carried back into the workplace, work may be done faster and more efficiently because company employees and their superiors remember what a fun time they had together when the workday was over.
4.) Giving Your Employees Special Programs. Companies of all sorts have different programs available for their employees. These can include health insurance or a 401k retirement plan. Each one is designed to better the life of your employee. By having these, Advanced Leadership Consulting says you will be able to keep your employees engaged but also increase your employee retention rate.
While dealing with the stress and anxieties of running a business can be difficult, it might be just as difficult working under someone. Stress can lead to substance abuse, and that is important to keep in mind. The key here is that if you make your employees’ lives better, you also make yours too. You might think about taking some of these steps to not only reduce your stress but also increase trust and engagement with your employees.
About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery and the entertainment industry.