As the owner of a small business, you have a major impact on the stress levels of your employees. If your staff constantly looks frazzled or never seems to relax, consider these ways to reduce their stress levels.
Think back to the days before you owned a business. What type of boss gave you the most relaxing work experience? It probably wasn’t the ones who breathed down your neck, couldn’t remember your name or expected you to slave away with little reward.
The way you treat your employees is one of the biggest factors in the work stress levels. Pushing your employees to perform is fine, but make sure they have access to the tools to be successful. Provide support and encourage, not belittling words when tasks aren’t completed. Take the time to learn about your employees. In a small business, you don’t have many people, so it shouldn’t be tough to take a sincere interest in each one. It’s okay to smile and have a good time with your employees occasionally.
Employees want to feel like they have a voice and a real impact in the company. Give your employees a certain amount of freedom to get work done their way. As long as it meets your standards, giving that flexibility gives your employees greater job satisfaction that can help reduce stress.
Encourage your employees to talk to you when they notice a problem. They may come up with a key solution to a problem you’ve dealt with for a long time. When your employees do have the courage to speak up, listen. You don’t have to follow every suggestion, but knowing that you’re paying attention can mean a lot.
Encourage Stress Relief
Simple things, such as breaks, exercise or having a little fun, can break up the tension when stress gets high around the office. Let employees know that you want them to use their own forms of stress relief — as long as they don’t take advantage of it. For example, encourage your employees to get up and move around when needed instead of staying chained to the desk all day.
Add Relaxing Touches
A few relaxing touches in the office can help put your employees at ease. Add a comfy couch in the break room instead of hard wooden chairs. Put some plants in the office to make it feel more like a home environment and less like a sterile office. Plug in a tabletop water fountain to create a soothing background sound for your employees.
Cleaning up the office environment is another way to make it more relaxing. Clear out office clutter that is unappealing to look at. Hire a cleaning crew to clean up the office regularly.
Lower Stress to Increase Satisfaction
Your employees will notice the efforts you put forth to reduce workplace stress. If you make authentic attempts to keep stress under control, your employees are likely to feel much better overall about their jobs.