No matter what industry you're in, stress management is a pretty big deal. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to tell where stress comes from or how to deal with it. That's why employees need your help to manage stress effectively and efficiently. In the process, their work lives can become that much better.
Take a look at these stress management tips you can try out with your teams:
1) Get moving
According to the Wellness Council of America, one way for employees to manage stress is to find ways to encourage healthy choices like regular exercise. While you shouldn't feel responsible for the lifestyle of each employee, you can create initiatives that get them moving in the workplace — for example, creating competitions to see who can do the most pushups or letting teams go for walks while discussing projects.
2) Use personalized tools
Not every employee will manage stress exactly the same way you do. That doesn't mean you're unable to help them, though. The trick is to help each worker find personalized tools that meet their needs. For example, one employee might benefit from to-do lists and digital calendar reminders, while another might prefer to memorize tasks in a more hands-on way. To make the most out of this approach, encourage workers to collaborate and share their stress management techniques — and feel free to discuss the ways you deal with your own stress.
3) Set actionable goals
Actionable goals have a big role to play in stress management. If your company and teams are constantly working toward big-picture ideas that, while inspiring, can't reflect measurable progress, employees are likely to find themselves stressed out. Instead, break big projects or visions into smaller parts, and make sure each goal is specific, actionable and measurable. That way, once benchmarks have been met, workers have something to celebrate before moving on to the next task.
4) Take breaks the smart way
Harvard Business Review (HBR) recommends taking breaks every couple of hours, especially during high-stress projects or periods. However, sometimes workers need to be reminded or encouraged to use this time effectively. According to HBR, it might serve you well to send calendar reminders for regular breaks so employees are notified while they work — and, of course, you can always set a good example by taking breaks yourself.
5) Create and enforce boundaries
Another HBR recommendation is to set healthy boundaries between work and life. Staff will often need a little help with this, especially if remote work means they're operating outside their normal business hours to meet or collaborate with someone in a different time zone. Help your workers draw those "lines in the sand" by allowing them to mark out-of-office hours on their calendars or giving them permission to decline meeting invites that fall outside reasonable work times.
6) Put things into perspective
When work gets overwhelming and tasks start piling up, it can help to put things into perspective. You and your teams can work together to look at the business world from new angles, understanding how it fits into each of your lives — and why or when certain work stuff may not be the end of the world (even when it really feels like it).
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