Ways to Help Employees Reduce Stress
Many people experience higher stress levels as the year comes to a close because this is often a busy time due to the holidays. On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has also negatively impacted mental health, which is why it’s more important than ever to provide employees the support they need to reduce stress this time of year.
The following are a few of the ways that employers can support employees’ mental health:
- Encourage employees to take personal time off. Last year, it was reported by ADP Canada that half of working Canadians took little to no time off from work during the holiday season. Encourage employees to use their vacation days to allow them to relax and spend time away from work. If possible, discourage employees from checking their work email during time off so they can fully separate themselves from the work environment.
- Communicate consistently. Always clearly communicate year-end information with employees and make sure they are comfortable voicing their concerns. By keeping open lines of communication, stressors can be caught before they cause real issues to an employee’s mental well-being.
- Review workloads. Managers should be meeting with their team regularly to check on workloads and what can realistically be accomplished. Confirm that employees have the tools they need to be successful and ensure that the appropriate number of people are assigned to each project.
- Establish microbreaks. Small, frequent breaks have been shown to boost productivity, focus and well-being. Encourage employees to take these types of breaks by providing a space in the office with coffee, hot chocolate and other treats to enjoy throughout the day. For remote employees, set up “water cooler” video chats they can attend throughout the week to chat with others.
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