Employees are stressed. In fact, according to Human Resources Executive magazine, 69% of workers say the global pandemic we’re facing is the most stressful time of their entire professional career.
However, when you’re running a company, you have to keep production on track. How can you help your employees face all the obstacles coming their way and still get their jobs done? Here are some tips to help for balancing it all:
Tip #1: Communicate.
The best thing you can do as a manager is to communicate. Acknowledge to your employees that everyone is under a great deal of stress and talk about the options for managing it. Even sharing your own personal struggles can help your employee feel more connected and supported.
Tip #2: Get personal.
If employees seem stressed, talk to each one individually. Ask what you can do in order to help them navigate their unique situation. They might have children or older relatives they’re caring for and are facing an enormous amount of pressure when it comes to managing it all. The more you know about what they’re undergoing both at work and at home, the better you can help them.
Tip #3: Be transparent.
As much as possible, be transparent about why decisions are being made and how they’re being formulated. Knowing the facts and what to expect can help to reduce stress and anxiety. In addition, telling people they have a safe and confidential space to discuss their concerns also provides a sense of teamwork and togetherness.
Tip #4: Offer tips.
Provide employees with information and tips on mental health and how to cope with stress and anxiety. Make sure they understand how to monitor for signs of mental distress and what to do if they’re noticing any warning signs, such as feeling unusually fatigued, tired, worried or alone.
Tip #5: Create programs.
If you don’t already have them, now’s an ideal time to create programs, such as employee assistance, peer support and financial wellness. These will help employees who are dealing with mounting stress and a range of issues, whether related to their health, child care, finances or other areas. Having resources to turn to so they can more easily get the support they need will help them better manage this difficult season.
Tip #6: Go outside.
It’s been scientifically proven that nature is relaxing. Help your employees take advantage of it by encouraging them to head outside during lunch. Whether they go for a walk, or simply sit outdoors, it will give them a break from the office grind, while also helping them lower their stress and anxiety levels.
Showing your employees they’re supported and offering resources for coping with stress are keys to helping them stay productive, as well as healthy. The more you work together with them, the stronger your team will become overall.
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