There is a tendency among many managers to believe that stress in the workplace is unequivocally good, and there is some truth to this way of thinking.
If there’s no such thing as a “big deal” in a workplace, how can employees be expected to knuckle down and deliver their best performance at all times? It takes a lot of heat and pressure to turn coal into diamonds, of course.
Without the periodic influence of high-stress situations, it can be easy for employees to become complacent. That’s a situation most managers would prefer to avoid, but they often forget that the opposite scenario can be just as dangerous for their businesses.
Too much stress in the workplace can be extremely damaging over an extended period. Employees may take to using their sick days just to give themselves a break. Or, they may even take time off they wouldn’t have ordinarily because their stress levels are negatively affecting their health.
Excess stress can cause some employees to resent their jobs and mentally check out or slack off — resulting in lost productivity and inferior customer service.
Good managers recognize that employees can thrive under pressure, but too much pressure can cause them to break.
That’s why it’s important for professionals to understand how they can help their employees lower their stress levels in the office. Just a few simple ideas can keep your employees from feeling overwhelmed. Instead, they can feel more refreshed and focused.
Take a look at the tips contained in the following infographic, and you can keep the stress levels in your office at a manageable level.
Author: Nikki St. Martin is VP of Marketing for The Jacobson Group, the premier insurance talent acquisition firm in the country. St. Martin is responsible for the ongoing marketing and branding efforts of The Jacobson Group.