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How to help your employees deal with external stress

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by Mariel Rubinstein
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So your workplace is looking pretty zen.

The desks are clean and shiny, the coffee tastes like it comes straight from your local coffee shop and there’s space to work in comfort.

So why are your employees still looking a little frazzled?

Your employee's life outside of work can have a big impact on their stress levels even once they’re inside your stress-free super calm productive office.

Crazy, we know.

Now you might think this is out of your hands, but with a little effort, reducing your employees external stress can definitely be done.

But how do you go about doing it?

 

1. Money makes the world go round...

Money is a huge part of our lives whether we like to admit it or not. With student loans spiralling, house prices on the rise and the struggle to save for a much-needed holiday, your employees financial well-being can have a big impact on their stress levels.  

So it’s time to start helping your workforce look after their financial health. And, we don’t just mean give them a lecture on saving money.

A great way of supporting your employees in managing their finances is with a little help from technology. As the saying goes, there’s an app for that…

Why not offer a mobile or web app that helps your employees make their money work harder as well as helping them achieve their financial goals. It’ll be easily integrated into their day-to-day lives and can actually make a real difference.

Interested in learning more? Watch our video

 

2. An apple a day keeps the doctor away...

If you’re feeling under the weather or you think something’s not quite right it can really play on your mind. Now, that can be pretty stressful.

Start offering benefits that help keep your employees in tip top shape when they’re in and out the office. Things like a discounted gym memberships, office yoga sessions or a cycle to work scheme can encourage your employees to keep healthy.

Not only can this help reduce sick days, but it can also create a sense of community within your organisation. And, that never hurts.

 

3. Remember, we’re all human

You might forget it at times, but your employees aren’t working robots. They’re real people who have families and friends who don’t always make life an easy ride. So it’s not uncommon for your employees to bring stress from these external relationships into the office.

Now we’re not suggesting you buy a couch and start daily counselling sessions. That probably wouldn’t be helpful for anyone…  

But a problem shared is a problem halved.

Social interaction can be a natural antidote to stress and studies show it can really increase happiness.

So what’s the answer?

Make your workplace a friendly one. Create a culture where communication is welcomed and supporting one another is the norm.   

Ultimately, the less stressed your employees are, the happier they’ll be. And we all know that happier employees equals increased productivity.

So there you go...

It’s time to start looking after your workforce inside and outside the office.  

 

Want to know the cool things some companies are already doing? Read on here

 

Posted: 19/07/2017 

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