3 Strategies To Help Employers Manage Workplace Stress And Improve Productivity

Published in June 2013, Employee Benefits Healthcare research, reveals that just 46% of respondents have strategies in place to combat workplace stress. There are many reasons why the majority of employers have yet to address this problem. For example, many employers simply refuse to accept that stress is actually a problem in their workplace. Many others recognize the issue, but do not take it seriously and do not believe it is there responsibility. But lessening workplace stress and addressing employee health issues is part of a good employer’s compact.

How To Manage Workplace Stress

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Managing Workplace Stress = Productive Employees

Pontrelli, Timour, & Associates Inc. has seen from experience that employers who address the issue of workplace stress in advance avoid problems and pitfalls later on. Yet, when the return on investment is so difficult to measure, it is difficult to convince senior managers to use resources, funds and valuable time to address this problem. Another problem is caused by the continuing sensitivity about mental health issues, particularly within the workplace. Many employees do not reveal the damage being done by difficult situations that generate workplace stress until it’s too late.

Here are three strategies to consider to proactively address employee workplace stress before it becomes a problem:

  1. Use online tools because they are anonymous & revealing
  2. Train managers to identify stress-related problem areas in your business and direct appropriate resources
  3. Encourage employees to take responsibility for their own physical and mental wellbeing

1) Online Tools For Workplace Stress Management

A number of organizations are working with the British program designed by PruHealth. The English company has developed online tools, packaged as the Vitality mental wellbeing suite, that can assess employee stress, psychological wellbeing, resilience and social support. Support is then offered through a Living Life online life skills course that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and consists of modules, worksheets and e-books. In the United States, the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic also have excellent online wellness programs.

2) Train Managers To Identify Potential Problem Areas

Managers are often not given any training to identify stress. Training involves giving managers the courage to have initial conversations with staff suffering with stress. Employers should identify particular problem areas of their business and direct their resources accordingly. Assess the challenging areas of your business and compile the difficulties in a document. Such an accounting can help in the targeting of potential problem areas.

3) Encourage Employees To Take Responsibility

In order to fully address the issue of stress in the workplace, employers need to encourage employees to take responsibility for their own health, both physical and mental.  It is surprising how promoting a walking group where employees enjoy an extended lunch break once a week can increase productivity and improve morale. Employees need to understand that employers support their efforts to promote wellness and engage in positive activities.

Pontrelli, Timour & Associates believes in helping our client companies address workplace issues at the outset in order to ensure they do not become problems. By addressing the issue of stress in the workplace, you can avoid a loss in productivity and profitability down the line. To learn more how PT Benefits can help you, please call 626-795-4138 for a free consultation.

Raphy Timour

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Co-Founder at Pontrelli, Timour & Associates, Inc.

A California native of Pasadena, Raphy Timour began his career at Automatic Data Processing as an outside sales representative, achieving President Club status each and every year at ADP. Wanting to provide clients with a more customercentric approach, Raphy Timour started Pontrelli, Timour & Associates, Inc. in 2003 with his childhood friend Chris Pontrelli. Raphy Timour has a Health & Insurance License from the California Department of Insurance.

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