Stress isn’t good for anybody, and it can also be bad for business. If you or your employees are not dealing with stress in the appropriate ways, it could affect morale, production, employee retention and event client satisfaction.
Every year, the first Wednesday in November is National Stress Awareness Day. This day is sponsored by the International Stress Management Association and is used to promote best practices in managing stress.
After some research, we’ve found some tips that might help you, your team and your business to relax.
Two of the best known ways to deal with stress are exercise and laughter. It might be difficult to create laughter on the spot in your office, but you could certainly look for team building events that may bring joy to your team and encourage your staff to keep humor in their daily routine.
As for exercise, you could offer walking and stretching breaks, start a lunchtime movement group and share simple office exercises in newsletters and at meetings.
Other great ways to manage stress on the job is to teach (or bring in an expert) on breathing techniques, how to manage conflicts in appropriate ways and to plan fun events (Friday lunches or an afternoon of volunteering) that help people forget about the demands of the job for a while.
Some stress inducing situations can include uncomfortable working temperatures, a lack of break time and even communication issues as to what is expected of employees. Staying alert to these situations so that they can be managed more appropriately will help all around.
One of the biggest sources of stress today can be social media. As a company who focuses much of our efforts on content and social media management, we know it can be a cause for burnout and anxiety. If your job is to be “always on” social media for your company, it can begin to be too much. Ask for technology breaks (or offer them if you’re the boss) where employees can rotate who needs to be ready and available, especially after hours, to field the questions, comments, etc.
And if constantly coming up with new social media content is the stressor for you, suggest some of the stress-reducing techniques above and use pictures and videos from those events to fill in your content calendar. Customers love to see happy employees at the businesses they utilize. Typically, if those posts get lots of engagement and help to spread the word about your business, owners and the people in charge are usually also much happier. And then you get more events and… you get the picture.
If we can help to take any of the stress off your plate in the form of social media training, marketing management, website updates, etc, we’re just a phone call away!
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