If you’ve ever held a job, you’ve likely felt workplace stress. It’s that overwhelming sensation of tension and anxiety weighing down on you. And your employees may be grappling with the same feelings right now. In fact, Gallup’s recent report revealed that nearly half of Australians are experiencing “a lot of stress” at work, leading to a startling 67% engaging in what’s known as “quiet quitting” – silently withdrawing from their jobs.

Besides this silent departure, organizations that overlook their teams’ work-related stress also face absenteeism costs, low productivity, disengagement, and other harmful threats.

However, employers who do address workplace stress yield benefits such as increased productivity, boosted morale, and higher employee satisfaction and retention rates.

Therefore, reducing workplace stress in your company should be your foremost concern. To assist you, we’ve created a list of our top 4 strategies for managing stress in the workplace that you can start implementing right now.

#1 Foster open communication

Being kept in the dark is never good, especially in job-related matters. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that you regularly update your teams about company news, changes, and their performance. This way, you’re demonstrating transparency, which fosters trust, reduces workplace stress and provides a sense of predictability and clarity.

Furthermore, practising open communication encourages your teams to do the same. In other words, your people will be much more likely to share their ideas and concerns with you sincerely. This strengthens workplace relationships and enhances understanding of progress and goals, resulting in less work-related stress for you and your team.

#2 Offer adequate wellness programs

You’ve probably heard multiple times that our physical, mental, social, and financial well-being are interconnected, impacting our overall well-being and, of course, our stress levels. The best way to ensure this influence is positive in your employees and actually reduces their workplace stress? Provide adequate wellness programs.

The emphasis is on adequacy because it’s crucial for your efforts to align with your teams’ genuine wants and needs. To achieve this, conduct surveys and provide options such as gym memberships, counselling discounts, financial training, and more. Before finalizing wellness programs, consult your employees to ensure they effectively address their needs.

#3 Implement flexible work

Research shows that flexible work arrangements significantly reduce workplace stress and improve work-life balance. The reason is straightforward:

When employees work remotely, they can spend more quality time with loved ones and pursue activities they enjoy – leading to increased happiness and health. Then, these factors contribute to more productive and loyal teams that positively impact company results and employer brand. Overall, flexible work arrangements boost employees’ well-being and organizational outcomes, making it a highly beneficial workplace stress-reducing strategy.

Related article: Work-life balance: why it matters and how to foster it in your company?

#4 Lead by example

The manager-employee relationship is pivotal for team success. Yet, it’s often a primary source of workplace stress for employees, with 35% attributing work-related stress to their boss or manager. However, as an employer, you have the power to lead by example and change this dynamic:

  • Avoid venting negativity on employees.
  • Consider implementing changes like walking meetings outside the office or casual online gatherings to chat with teams about non-work topics.
  • Demonstrate the importance of downtime and leisure activities by taking rest days transparently and regularly.

Reducing workplace stress as a success tool

If we were to pick the most impactful workplace stress-reducing strategy, it would undoubtedly be leading by example. When your employees witness you and management prioritizing your well-being, communicating openly, and taking time off, they’re more likely to adopt those practices, too.

Additionally, you’ll feel, operate, and manage better, so your teams—and results—will also reflect this positive change.

While all the strategies listed are fantastic starting points, remember to maintain that role model status and consistently implement them for lasting success. Your positive influence can make all the difference.

And if you need a helping hand with the processes we’ve discussed here or any other HR matters, feel free to reach out to us at Fresh HR Insights. We’re here to provide tailored advice and support to assist you every step of the way.