As April marks National Stress Awareness Month, Workfront has put together five tips to reduce work related stress in employees.
According to new research by Workfront, an enterprise work management solution, four out of five office workers admit to feeling burnt out, while 73 per cent expect their stress levels at work to increase in the future.
With these problems effecting morale, productivity and a healthy work/life balance, Workfront has detailed its five top tips:
Ensure each project has a plan
57 per cent of workers stated that poor planning and lack of organisation was a major stressor. Employers need to make sure employees are equipped with the tips do proper planning ahead of starting a project.
Reward employees with time off
Outside of financial rewards, 60 per cent of employees want more time off. If employees are working overtime on a specific project and out of the normal work hours, it would be a good idea to offer them time in lieu to ensure they’re enjoying a solid work/life balance.
Empower employees in the decision-making process
44 per cent of workers want more involvement in decision-making to ensure they get their say and can help steer the project to ensure they are successful. Getting their input early on can ensure any worries they have can be minimised early on.
Have clear processes in place
23 per cent of workers stated that a lack of standard processes for work increased their stress levels. Furthermore, 42 per cent of office workers put in six or more hours of overtime every week because of bad work processes. Employers must ensure that clear processes are in place and that they are communicated to all employees.
Foster transparency and open communication
57 per cent of workers cited a ‘lack of communication and visibility into the work done by others’ as a major pain point leading to stress in the workplace. Businesses can counter this by introducing work management tools that promote visibility on the progress of work being done and encouraging a workplace culture of transparency and honesty.