Many people feel a certain level of stress at some point during their working lives. Whether it’s down to workloads or upcoming deadlines, there are a number of different factors that can cause feelings of stress and pressure. However, sometimes these feelings of stress can start to feel overwhelming and unremitting. When you or a member of your team experiences chronic workplace stress, it can begin to have a negative impact on all areas of life.
At times, it can be difficult to manage workplace stress, particularly if your industry is very time critical or deadline-heavy. However, there are steps that you can take to help lower the risk of stress in the workplace.
• Encourage a culture of open dialogue amongst the whole team. This could be by ensuring that managers are having regular catch ups with their team to find out how they’re getting on with their workloads. You could also encourage the team to share their feedback on the business through open forums with the senior management team. If your team does suggest feedback during these sessions, ensure that it’s listened to and acted on where appropriate.
• Develop an induction plan for new members of the team to ensure that they’re fully versed on what is expected of them from their role, and that any skills gaps are identified so a training plan can be developed to support them. This could also be carried out for current team members who may feel that they would benefit from further training.
• Highlight the importance of a good work/life balance to your team. Ensure that your team is making use of their lunch breaks and taking a break from their work. If you notice that someone is regularly staying in the office long after everyone else has gone home, you could have an informal chat with them to find out if they feel they are able to cope with their current workload or requiring additional support.
• Ensure that your team feel that they have enough autonomy over their own responsibilities and workloads.
• If it’s possible within your business, you could consider offering flexible working hours or the option to work from home to your team. It can sometimes be difficult to juggle the demands of work and personal lives, so having the option to work from home when needed can be greatly appreciated by employees.
• If you offer any health and wellbeing initiatives to your team, ensure that these are well communicated and that people know how to access them.
As a small business owner, implementing measures to help prevent workplace stress from developing can be highly beneficial to ensuring that workplace wellbeing remains high. Being able to identify the early warning signs can help to address the situation early on and reduce the risk of stress from developing amongst your team.
Our small business healthcare cover provides a range of benefits to help you look after your team. They’ll feel supported and reassured that they can get help when they need it most. We know that every business is different, that’s why we offer a range of cover options so you can choose the ones that best fit your business and your people.
All of our small business healthcare cover plans come with our 24/7 health information telephone helpline, Health at Hand. With Health at Hand, you and your team will have access to our expert team of counsellors, midwives, pharmacists and nurses who are on hand to answer any concerns that you or your team may have*. Some of the ways that our team of experts can help include:
• If you’ve received some medical test results that you don’t understand, we can help you work out what they mean.
• If you’re struggling with stress or pressure at work, our team of counsellors is on hand to talk to.
• If it’s in the middle of the night and your child’s temperature is running high, our team of nurses will help you work out whether you need to rush to A&E or not.
* Health at Hand Nurses and Counsellors are available 24/7, Midwives and Pharmacists are available 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday and 8am-12pm Sunday.