Physical and Mental Clutter Causes Workplace Stress
Stress management is now being accepted as an integral part of any workplace wellness program. Those who report a consistent level of stress in their lives are twice as likely to become depressed.
Programs seek to reduce stress on employees by evaluating and changing corporate structure, policies, leadership style and culture, as well as, working one-on-one with employees dealing with organizing their office, time management skills and work/home balance.
“Lack of control over daily tasks” was listed as one of the top ten factors of workplace stress. Becoming more organized at work leads to reduced stress, better coping abilities, and greater productivity. This means less absenteeism, quicker turn around on jobs and better quality of work.
Many workers today experience increasing demands on their time and less control. Gaining a sense of control helps reduce stress, which helps improve health. So how can we help employees gain control?
· Evaluate corporate culture
· Eliminate stressors
· Stabilize the office environment
· Provide resources
· Provide pay and benefits at a consistent rate
· Reduce the amount of worry about family responsibilities
· Keep scents out of the office
· Allow employees to set up their desk in a way they feel most comfortable
· Encourage workers who have a cold or flu to stay home and recuperate
The other side is empowering the employee to change their behaviors to reduce stress and gain control. This is where the workplace wellness comes into play. Employees can be empowered to take control by:
· Offering coaching, training, and one-on-one sessions to help employees identify goals and prioritize projects
· Giving employees the skills to break down large projects, organize their desktops and file systems, and manage their email
· Saving time looking for papers, missed deadlines
· Reducing piles of paper-Paper collects dust and mildew and can become an obstacle to mobility in the office
· Schedule proper breaks and lunches - allow for social time
· Take stretching breaks throughout the day
Remember, both employers and employees share the responsibility for a healthy work environment. For employees, taking control of your health at work may be as simple as making small changes in your daily routine. For example, nurture your mind and body with a good breakfast after a sufficient night’s sleep. Take short stretch breaks throughout the day to reduce stress and improve your productivity. For employers, organize lunchtime or after work exercise programs for you and your employees. Not only will you and your workers benefit, but your company will be sure to flourish too. Any wellness program that is initiated must leave an impression that lasts beyond the program itself. The savings in health costs, turnaround and lost productivity associated with stress, clutter and lack of control make offering these services for employees priceless.
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