Five ways to de-stress your staff

De-stress - MiWay

A happy team is a productive one.

One way to keep your employees happy is to take care of their mental health as well. If your employees are always stressed, it could negatively affect their output at work and the way they treat their colleagues. And at critical times, with stress at an all-time high, employee behavior could affect clients, causing companies to lose money.

Employees are the lifeline of your business – if they are taken care of, they will be motivated to do well, develop your company’s culture, treat your customers fairly – and, in the end, everyone wins.

Allow regular breaks

If your staff sit behind a desk all day with regular breaks, they may feel tense and under pressure. Encourage them to take a 5-10 minute break every hour or so (away from their computer) to walk around and do something completely unrelated to work.

Improve company culture

If your office is a regular 9 to 5 job, then you already know that colleagues spend most of their time at work. And if they are always stressed and unhappy with people on their team, they will soon start to feel unhappy whenever they are at work. Schedule time every week for colleagues to get away from their desks and ‘chillax.’ Arrange fun activities for colleagues to participate in to boost staff morale.

Open door policy

It’s essential for employees to know that whenever they feel like they have too much on their plate, they can speak to someone in a senior position. By doing so, employees will feel supported and at ease. Ensure that senior staff have open communication with all team members.

The “6 for every 1” rule

Challenge your staff members with the question: when last did you give praise to your team? A little appreciation goes a long way in motivating an individual and allowing them to perform to the best of their ability. If you regularly give a staff member negative feedback, they might feel demotivated in their job and even more stressed about whether they can improve. So, practice the 6 for every 1 rule – for 1 negative feedback, give 6 positive comments.

Help them progress

It can be frustrating for some people to be in the same job for years with the same salary and not feel like they have grown. Speak to team members about their goals and ambitions and if possible, help them get there.

It goes without saying that if you take care of your employees, your company will benefit greatly. Another way you can help is by having business insurance to protect all your company’s valuable equipment and office contents. Apply for an insurance quote to save money so you can live your way and use whatever money you save to spoil your staff now and then.