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How to Reduce Office Stress

Stressful workplaces are never good places to be. They can feel stifling, and they certainly don’t make for an open, pleasant or creative working environment. Reducing levels of stress should be a key aim for every business owner.
Mediation
Arguments occur in every workplace; there’s no way of escaping them. But these arguments can be dealt with positively, and they can be dealt with poorly. The trick is finding ways to resolve arguments and disagreements without making the situation even worse. This is why it’s vital to have a manager who is skilled at resolving problems without favoring either side of the disagreement. If the mediation is successful, the individuals involved should be able to shake hands and move on.
Time Planning
In the workplace, it always seems like there’s not enough time to get the necessary jobs done. That’s why it’s so important to manage time effectively, and plan what should be done when. If time isn’t managed properly, people could end up struggling to meet deadlines and being put under immense pressure. And all this leads to is increased levels of stress in the office. Time management training can help to solve this problem by teaching skills that aid the proper management of time.

Workload Balance
Managing the amount of work each employee is given can often be difficult to do. But it is possible if employers think it through carefully. If the balance is wrong, a situation might arise in which some employees are being overworked, and others are being underworked. And that’s never a good thing. So, going through the workload of each individual and making sure that the work is being spread fairly among workers is a great way of reducing the stress and strain placed on people.
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Constructive Criticism
When people feel like they’re constantly being criticized by their boss or their manager, they might become stressed. This is understandable. A lot of people care about their work, and hearing too much criticism gets them down. This is why it’s always more helpful for employees when criticism is delivered in a constructive, polite and helpful manner. This reduces the risk of people getting stressed and too self-critical. It’s also better for the employer because constructive criticism is far more likely to result in a positive change than harsh criticism.
Stress Support
Stress is almost impossible to eliminate entirely, so support networks are essential. Stress support services are often set up in the offices of big companies to help people when they feel under pressure. Talking things through and getting the necessary support can stop people spiraling further into a stressful routine. This prevents them from making themselves ill and having to take time off work to recover. So, it makes sense for the employees and the employer in the long-term. Businesses tend to hire a counselor to help in this capacity.


Stress can cause all sorts of problems for employees and employers alike, so it’s vital that all businesses do what they can to minimize it.


This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.

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