Work-related stress, anxiety and depression are having a devastating effect on the workforce in Great Britain. According to research by the Health and Safety Executive, work related stress accounts for 37% of work related ill health. In addition, in 2015/16, 45% of days lost were linked to work related stress.

So, what’s the solution? If you’re a business owner, it’s important to regularly assess the health and wellbeing of your staff. Every member of your team should feel supported and motivated at work. In this post, we’ll look at a few simple changes you could make to ensure that workplace stress is kept to a minimum in your business.

Encourage exercise and mobility

Office-based jobs have been linked to a range of posture-related health problems. From dull back aches to shooting pains in the arms and legs, long periods spent sitting at a desk can wreak havoc on the body. As a result, it’s important to encourage staff members to get up and stretch or exercise at regular intervals. There are plenty of stretch-break workouts available online, why not get together with your team to find one that works for everyone?

Offer flexible working

Flexible working hours have been shown to reduce workplace stress. Of course, it may not be possible for your business to introduce fully flexible working, but ask yourself if there are any reasonable adjustments you can make to give employees more freedom to manage their working week. Changes may include allowing staff to work at home on certain days permitting team members to start work a few hours later than usual.

Create a relaxing space for breaks

How many members of your team leave their desks during lunch breaks? If you believe that many are simply eating their lunch in front of their computers, it’s time to take action. Here’s why your staff should go out for lunch:

  • Sitting at a desk for long periods of time is unhealthy. Getting up and away helps to improve blood flow and stretch tired muscles.
  • Lunch breaks are a great opportunity for your team to catch up and unwind, something that’s impossible when everyone is sitting at a desk in a large office.
  • Lunch is best enjoyed when it isn’t an afterthought. Multitasking by replying to client emails whilst eating a sandwich will only lead to a crumb-filled keyboard and sloppily written emails.

Communicate

Clear communication is essential in any business, but it’s especially important when attempting to reduce workplace stress. Keeping employees up to date with what is expected of them and how they are performing will help to reduce uncertainty and anxiety. It’s also important to encourage feedback and suggestions from your team. This type of open communication will help to create a healthy dynamic in your office.

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